“Conceptually, the music was written and recorded with the backdrop of Brexit and the current trend of populist nationalism and anti-immigration. A lot of the tracks were inspired by looking into what ‘Britishness’ means for different people. As the son of immigrants (half-Czech, half-Indian), I’ve always been fascinated by the contrast between the narrow and fixed idea of ‘Britain’ trumpeted by the establishment and power-structure, and the things that I believe give Britain its truer identity – the mix of cultures, beliefs, races, and histories”, explains Modi.
“My main inspiration was Alan Clarke’s film ‘Penda’s Fen’, which rejects the rigid notion of Britishness in favour of a strange, diverse, and mixed land with roots all the way back to pagan days. Ideas relating to the environment were also a key influence that I expressed through the music. These included George Monbiot’s book ‘Feral’ about re-engaging and restoring the countryside, the final scene in BBC’s ‘Edge of Darkness’, where the planet rids itself of humanity to save itself and ‘Waterland’ – Graham Swift’s book about the Fens and the cyclical nature of history.
Further sparks were generated by Graeme Robertson’s photobook of empty and derelict mansions on Bishops Avenue in London – one of the most expensive roads of property in the country, and also the difficulty in modern life to fully commit to a guilt-free and ethically-sound lifestyle.”