While his former bandmates in Pulp get ready for next year's reunion shows, Richard Hawley has been embarking on a big project of his own. He's been making an EP based around a recent visit to the Glenfiddich whisky distillery in Dufftown, Scotland – which kind of takes the "singer gets inspired by alcohol" thing to a whole new level.
What seven-and-a-half-minute-long instrumental The River (a Guardian exclusive) has to do with fermentation and distillation we don't quite know, but we can tell you it's a thing of astounding beauty. As abstract shards of noise hover gloomily over delicately plucked harp and little else, it's almost miraculous that something so vapour thin, so formless, can hold your attention the way it does.
Click here to download another new track, In A Barrel, and apply for tickets to an exclusive gig. The River will be available to download from the Glenfiddich site on Monday 15th November
Download "The River"