SLIM TWIG is a twenty-six-year old, self-proclaimed 'wah wah master'! His record reissued last year was completed in 2011. So one might reasonably ask, what has Twig done since? After producing two albums for U.S. Girls (U.S. Girls on Kraak in 2011, Gem in 2012), and scoring two films, Twig found himself in 2013 at a creative impasse re: his own songwriting. He had been through full band incarnations live and on record. They featured a cast of Toronto heavies. He briefly performed Slim Twig sets as a duo, featuring multimedia artist and musician, Meg Remy (U.S. Girls). They performed sets that combined versions of Twig's released songs with freely structured improvisations, samples, and brightly melodic, synth textures. Something in this combination of the pop-minded and the cerebrally-produced has rubbed off on the recordings found on Twig's latest for DFA - 'Thank You For Stickin' With Twig', which is to date the most sonically immersive album in Twig's discography.
TARZANA is the culmination of a long five year collaboration between musicians Jan Anderzén (Fonal, Kemialliset Ystävät, Tomutonttu) and Spencer Clark (The Skaters, Pacific City Soundvisions, Monopoly Child Star Searchers). A space ethnic alien hyperdimensional ooze is here, brought into a live setting with the addition of belgian synthesist composer Floris Vanhoof (Kraak, Ultra eczema), who, in Tarzana, will be playing free sampladelic drum pads. Below you can hear two tracks from their new album 'Alien Wildlife Estate', which percolate with the kind of heady, humid exotica that few do better. According to the press release, the music is "engaged as a Fruitopian vision of a rescattering of all elements within an International Airport to be presented as Audio exhibit!" We couldn't tell you what that means, but it sounds amazing. Listen below and look for the release through Underwater Peoples and Pacific City Sound Vision.
MAGIC STEVEN is a Melbourne, Australia-based performer whose work has been alternately described as autobiographical storytelling, deadpan not-comedy, guided meditation and long-form beat poetry. He has performed as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Fringe Festival in Melbourne, and more recently at Liquid Architecture Festival and at MONA's Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania.
MOSS LIME are a Montreal based band, made up of sisters Charlotte Bonamour and Hélène Barbier from Lille, France, their former roommate Caitlin Pinder-Doede from Toronto. They spent the summer 2014 in Parc Petite Italie in Montréal, enjoying food and beverages from Lalime. One day they went to the swimming pool and another day they decided to play music together in a basement with a great dehumidifier. Inspired by local punk bands with similarly unpretentious starts, Moss Lime booked their first show at a neighbourhood bar, performing a short set of their four original songs and one cover song, an almost unrecognisable reinterpretation of European club hit "Calabria 2007″.
At the end of the summer, a few days before Charlotte was supposed to move back to France, the group went to record with Peter Woodford (Freelove Fenner) at his and Caitlin Loney's all-analog home studio, The Bottle Garden, with the intention of producing what they referred to as a "souvenir", to document their short summer as a band, Fixture Records released the tape EP 'July First'. After this, the band started getting offers to play shows with local bands and even landed a last-minute spot at this year's POP Montreal festival. Moss Lime's melodic minimalism, idiosyncratic vocals, and strong sense of play, as witnessed in this promising first collection of recordings, already shows signs of further experimentation to come. They will release their first LP in the next few weeks on Telephon Explosion.
AS ONDAS are a band with fresh ideas, featuring members of Dog Legs, Shopping and Wachi Wachi they start their race with a sprint. With a spartan drum, bass and guitar lineup, As Ondas deliver up a delirious, chorus-drenched prom punk alongside the occasional post punk meditation.
WHALO are a Swedish/English duo based in Nottingham with melancholic tendencies and a love for the DIY approach. After forming at the start of 2015, Whalo quietly released their debut EP "Sleepy" in September, a collection of hazy pop songs recorded in a cold Coventry garage. They are now gearing up to play a handful of live shows in the UK whilst slowly writing and recording material for a follow up.
OLIVIA NEUTRON JOHN
Tuesday 15 December
Power Lunches Arts Cafe
446 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE | Map
8:00 | £7 | Sold out