Roxy Mu­sic founder teams up with for­mer band­mate Phil Man­zan­era on his first stu­dio record­ings in a decade.

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Andy Mackay is to re­lease 3Psalms on Novem­ber 23. And the project has taken the Roxy Mu­sic sax and oboe player nearly 25 years to bring to fruition.

“In the mid-90s I be­gan to work on an elec­tronic stu­dio project but had to put it on hold be­cause of other com­mit­ments. I ac­tu­ally fin­ished all the writ­ing by 2000, and then Roxy Mu­sic started tour­ing and that kept me busy un­til 2012. Once this was over, I got back to the al­bum.”

The four-track post-rock sym­phony was recorded at Dean St. Stu­dios in Lon­don, a stu­dio in Prague where the Czech Na­tional Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra were tracked, and at Phil Man­zan­era’s home stu­dio. The gui­tarist also plays on the al­bum.

Mackay feels the psalms are an in­ter­est­ing sub­ject for the project, which he also ad­mits doesn’t neatly fit into any par­tic­u­lar genre. “I have used psalms 90, 130 and 150. Some peo­ple might be put off be­cause of their re­li­gious con­no­ta­tion, but I feel ev­ery­one is in­trigued by them be­cause they have given us so many phrases which are part of ev­ery­day life.”

Mackay pre­mieres 3Psalms on Novem­ber 26 at Lon­don’s Queen Eliz­a­beth Hall, where he will play the en­tire al­bum with a band, choir and string sec­tion. He will also per­form a selec­tion of Roxy Mu­sic ma­te­rial with Man­zan­era as his spe­cial guest.

“If all goes well, I hope to do more 3Psalms shows, pos­si­bly in churches and cathe­drals,” he adds.

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