Taz Modi is a British composer and musician, better known for his work with Submotion Orchestra. Now he announced the release of his first full-length. Reclaimed Goods is out on March 29th. It features Natalie Purton (violin + viola), Liz Hanks (cello), Margit van der Zwan (cello), Seb Hankins and Jon Scott (drums). “Ethical Tourist” is the first excerpt.

“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.”