Add British duo Plaid to the list of seminal 90s-era electronic artists who are getting back into the game after ridiculously long hiatuses. Although Mssrs. Andy Turner and Ed Handley’s eight-year break clocks in on the shorter end of that spectrum, the return of the Warp Records recording artists is being met with no less fanfare, because it’s not every day you get a new album from these two. Nor do you get a tour every day from the jolly lads — although you’ll get at least 14 such days if you’re living in North America this fall.
The duo’s latest, Scintilli, drops September 27 via their old pals Warp. But lest you think Plaid were buried deep in their electronica cave, hibernating the past near-decade away, take note. Because Handley and Turner have been very, very busy. They’ve collaborated with Björk, Mara Carylyle, and Nicolette. They’ve done remixes aplenty. They’ve created scores for a couple Michael Arias films. They’ve put together a music + art DVD with video artist Bob Jaroc entitled Greedy Baby, which came out in 2006. So you see, it’s not like we’ve all been living in a deplorably dystopian, Plaid-less world these past few years, but after eight years with no full-length? You don’t write, Plaid, you don’t call? Eight years? EIGHT YEARS? Well… ahh hell, come give us a hug. It’s good to see you, old chums.
11.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Societe Des Artes Technologiques
11.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
11.11.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.12.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.15.11 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live
11.16.11 - Austin, TX - ND at 501 Studios
11.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.19.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11.21.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
11.22.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
11.23.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine