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The Matthew Herbert Big Band

The State Between Us

Accidental Records


Released: 29th Mar 2019



Released: 29th Mar 2019


Conceptually fascinating and executed with an acute attention to detail – yep, matthew herbert’s at it again, and, unlike Teresa may, he’s come up with the goods.

Made in collaboration with over a thousand musicians and singers from across the EU, The State Between Us began as a project responding to the triggering of Article 50 and the dramatic shift in the national story that began in June 2016. Over the course of the next two years - against the backdrop of a relentlessly challenging news cycle and via large-scale recording sessions abroad - something unexpected emerged. The State Between Us is an album that contemplates what it means to be British in 2019. Its sixteen tracks reflect a journey on foot across Great Britain (and beyond) imagined in beautifully elegiac melodies carefully woven with site-specific recordings. Don’t expect to take it all in with one listen – this is an album you’re going to have to sit down with for some time, but the end result is worth the investment…


The State Between Us


  1. A Devotion Upon Emergent Occasions
  2. Fiesta
  3. You’re Welcome Here
  4. The Tower
  5. Run It Down
  6. An A-Z Of Endangered Animals
  7. Reisezehrung
  8. Moonlight Serenade
  9. Be Still
  10. The Words
  11. The Special Relationship
  12. Where’s Home
  13. Fish And Chips
  14. Backstop (Newry TO Strabane)
  15. Feedback
  16. Woman Of England