Peter Cat Recording Co. announces new album ‘Beta’, world tour

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Peter Cat Recording Co. has announced a new album, “Beta,” due out on August 9 via Muddy Water.

The first single will be released on May 16, while the band announced headlining tour dates starting in August. After an opening run with Khruangbin, Peter Cat will tour the US, UK and Europe before returning home for a series of dates in India. Tickets for the headliner dates go on sale Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. local time.

The band from New Delhi teased the record on Instagram on Wednesdaywith a video showing a herd of elephants devouring an edible arrangement with the album’s title written in watermelon slices.

“’Beta’ is a collection of stories about the future told 50 years in the past, to understand the present, on our only home, planet Earth,” the band noted of the upcoming album, the first since “Bismillah” from 2019.”

A press release stated that “Beta” was only one of five potential titles for the album, as the band had written down all five and had drummer Karan Singh’s six-month-old son choose one. The result, ‘Beta’, translates to ‘child’ in Hindi.

Produced by Peter Cat’s own Suryakant Sawhney, Kartik Pillai and Dhruv Bhola, the album promises a “whimsical fusion of indie, bossa nova, jazz, psychedelia and more.” As evidenced by “Bismillah,” the band is also heavily influenced by crooner music.

“That singing style is really emotional,” Sawhney said Variety in April 2023, when Peter Cat last performed in New York. “I also enjoy it in this weird masculine way. When I was younger, I was drawn to that strong, macho voice. But it was conservative, you know? Those guys couldn’t sing dirty things. They had to come up with cheap ways to say, “Hey, we’re going to fuck tonight.” So I like the idea of ​​it being grimy.

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Check out the tour poster below and purchase tickets here.

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