Eliot James and Tom Hobden met in 2007, while working together on Noah and the Whale’s debut album “Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down”.
After time spent touring and recording in their respective fields, they collaborated in 2016, composing an ambitious orchestral album called ROAM, which was recorded in Budapest with the Hungarian Film Orchestra and released on London label Village Green. Their band Pêtr Aleksänder was born in a desire to create a more considered sound, controlled in it’s execution, by way of purposefully limiting the instruments at their disposal to piano and strings, but never at the expense of the raw, emotional impact that a simple yet incisive sound can deliver. Early recordings such as Sans Souci quickly caught the attention of streaming services, the wider public and in turn, renowned indie label Nettwerk, who offered the band a record deal which was signed in December 2017. The band released a music video for “Bells” in September 2017, featuring aspiring dancer Jacob Lang, a finalist in the contemporary dance category of BBC Young Dancer 2017. A support tour with Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør in October 2017 saw the band perform across the UK and in Sweden. The live show involved just the two bandmates performing an array of instruments by way of looping and re-imagining arrangements, all before a backdrop of visuals created by the band themselves. Eliot and Tom are now in the studio working on the debut Pêtr Aleksänder album, to be released in 2018