Jon Hopkins’ Next Album Is a Continuous, Eight-Chapter Epic

Grammy-nominated producer Jon Hopkins has announced RITUAL, his seventh album.

The follow-up to 2021's Music For Psychedelic Therapy, the next album for Hopkins will be a 41-minute-long, continuous story spread across eight chapters, according to a press release issued by Domino Recording Company.

Hopkins also released the album's first single, "RITUAL (evocation)," a hypnotic track that was "designed to give listeners a window into the full experience." The music video features an aerial performance by Bryony Louise Fowler as she glides through the sky to Hopkins' bass-heavy, darkened soundscapes.


Hopkins said he goes into the recording process with an open mind and no goal or objective, ultimately hoping to generate a unique experience for each listener.

"I have no idea what I'm doing when I'm composing. I don't know where it’s coming from, and I don't know where it's going, nor does it seem to matter," he explained. "I just know when it is finished. So all I can really do is feel my way to the end, then try and retrospectively analyse what might be going on, and try and figure out what its purpose is. What is clear is that this one has the structure of a Ritual. I know what that Ritual is for me, but it will be something different for you. It feels important not to be prescriptive about what this Ritual actually is."

Those looking to experience RITUAL before its summer release will have the opportunity to attend a special listening event at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts later this month. He will also preview the new album with fans at Glastonbury in June.

RITUAL is slated to arrive on August 30th, 2024 via Domino. You can pre-save the album here.

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