In September 2018, Soft Machine release their new studio album 'Hidden Details'. This is the first Soft Machine album (as opposed to Soft Machine Legacy album ) in 37 years – since 'In the Land of Cockayne'. It features John Etheridge (guitar) Roy Babbington (bass) and John Marshall (drums) alongside Theo on Tenor and Soprano saxes, flute and alto flute and Fender Rhodes electric piano.
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Theo has written four tunes for the album and there are arrangements of two classic Soft Machine tracks – Out Bloody Rageous (from Third) and The Man who Waved at Trains (from Bundles) . There are also various group improvisations. The music is broad ranging from psychedelia to jazz rock to free form improv' to simple pop-ish tunes to hypnotic mood pieces.
There is a CD version available (Dyad) and a special limited edition vinyl version available (Tonefloat).
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The vinyl edition includes a whole side – 6 pieces - exclusive to that edition.
The vinyl version comes in 3 versions – orange vinyl, blue vinyl and a super limited tour edition – orange and blue marbled vinyl only available from the merchandise stall on the tour itself. Only 200 copies of this super limited edition will be made, so it will be both rare and highly sought after.
With the release of the album the band featuring John Etheridge, Theo Travis, Roy Babbington and John Marshall will go on a Soft Machine 50 Years World Tour celebrating 50 years since the first Soft Machine album. The band will be touring as follows-
July – Japan and Canada
September – European Tour
October – USA Tour
November – UK Tour
For full tour schedule and gigs details, see live dates page.