In 2018, as part of a project commissioned by Greenpeace with the intention of raising awareness about the endangered Antarctic environment, Arthur Jeffes wrote four songs about specific species of penguins native to the continent. As Jeffes became enamored by their characteristics, he began to fantasize an entire world of anthropomorphic penguins, and he developed this concept into the fourth Penguin Cafe album. The nine compositions on Handfuls of Night serve as a soundtrack to this imaginary penguin world, and as one might expect of Penguin Cafe, they're as playful as they are poignant.
Penguin Cafe frontman Arthur Jeffes is no stranger to ambitious ideas when it comes to making music. Second album The Red Book featured two songs inspired by the NASA Kepler mission of 2013 that were subsequently beamed into space and 2017's The Imperfect Sea saw the band cover tracks by electronic acts like Kraftwerk and Simian Mobile Disco, giving them a contemporary classical makeover in the process. The inspirations behind much of fourth album Handfuls Of Night are arguably his most laudable to date.