Hercules & Love Affair — a project led by DJ and producer Andy Butler — will return this year with their first new album since 2017’s "Omnion". "In Amber" is out June 17 (via Skint/BMG). The album features Butler reuniting with ANOHNI for the first time since "Blind" from Hercules & Love Affair’s self-titled 2008 debut.
"In dance music, the focus tends to be more on celebration, joy, desire, heartbreak", Butler said in a statement. "But rage? Existential contemplation? Not so much... certain emotions seemed to be off limits. In some ways, 'In Amber' is a record I didn’t know I had in me". He continued: "As an artist that has always puts my personal lived experience forward in my work, not to mention the chaos of living through these recent times, I could not in good conscience make something comfortable. I needed to express my discomfort. Making a ’90s sounding techno or house record, or an odd ’80s sounding dance track was not anything I needed to do".
The first single, "Grace", is out with an accompaining video.