"The idea is to give us the chance to stretch out into areas we have only been able to touch on with traditional album releases," the group said.
Pioneering electronica/dance act Underworld has begun selling new music via its official online store. Dubbed the Riverrun Project, the initiative kicked off today (Nov. 9) with the posting of a 28-minute piece of music comprised of "Jal to Tokyo," "Billy Goat," "Peggy Sussed," "Dub Shepherd," "Lenny Penne," "Monkey Wink" and "Witness," with the overall title "Lovely Broken Thing." The file is bundled with 177 photographs and cover artwork.
"The idea is to give us the chance to stretch out into areas we have only been able to touch on with traditional album releases, and give you the listener an Underworld experience over the time it takes to listen to one side of an old vinyl album," the duo wrote on its Web site.
Group members Rick Smith and Karl Hyde say they are looking forward to being able to "respond to what's happening musically out there in the world" without waiting several years for a new album to hit stores.
"We hope you'll be able to hear this in the music," they said. "It will also help us refresh the live set with more new songs in a way we haven't been able to in the past, something we've wanted to do for a long time now."
The group insists this new approach will not spell "the end of traditional albums, remixes, tours, gigs -- it's just a way of getting music to you without the help of a multinational every time we feel inspired."
Ineeed, Underworld is at work on a variety of other projects, including penning the score to the upcoming Anthony Minghella film "Breaking and Entering," as well as "some remixes/collaborations with some of our favorite underground dance producers/DJs."