TONIGHT! The Declining Winter + Songs of Green Pheasant + Lanterns on the Lake + Michael Rossiter @ Holy Trinity Church, Leeds.
Forest of Sound present:
Saturday November 28th @ The Holy Trinity Church, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6HW.
Doors 7.00pm, price £4 advance / £6 on the door. Tickets available from We Got Tickets [http://www.wegottickets.com/event/60946], Jumbo Records [http://www.jumborecords.co.uk/tickets.asp?sort=&amp;amp;event_id=8970] and Crash Records [http://crashrecords.co.uk/online/product.php?xProd=8024&amp;amp;xSec=28].
A very special Forest of Sound pre-Christmas celebration, with four fantastic acts and live visuals, all in the stunning surroundings of the Holy Trinity Church... and you can bring your own booze!
The Declining Winter [http://www.myspace.com/thedecliningwinter]
When the brothers Adams allowed Hood an extended sabbatical it was always going to be interesting to see how far their musical paths would diverge from their unmistakable blueprint. Now temporarily freed from the pressures and expectations of the Hood environment, Richard Adams has breathed an audible sigh of relief into his new project, The Declining Winter. After releasing their debut album 'Goodbye Minnesota' to rave reviews, touring the UK with ambient legends Stars of the Lid and making their debut European appearance at the Tanned Tin festival in Spain in November 2008, their second album, 'Haunt the Upper Hallways', was released on Home Assembly Music in July.
“With Goodbye Minnesota, Adams extends [Hood's] late-period move into gentle electronica, warping and glitching minimal folk-pop melodies played on bedroom guitars and drums. Goodbye Minnesota is autumnal and graceful, its quietly resigned tenor gesturing toward emotional troubles that remain just out of focus.” – UNCUT
"It's a familiarly stark, rustic sound-world, full of tumbling beats and sweeping, harmonised violins, yet in this context it takes on an altogether poppier discourse. 'Haunt The Upper Hallways' is full of colour and lyricsim, yet it's also packing a punch thanks to the hip-hop-in-a-barn quality of the drums." - BOOMKAT
Songs of Green Pheasant [http://www.myspace.com/songsofgreenpheasantfatcat]
Songs Of Green Pheasant is the solo project of Duncan Sumpner, a 30-year-old artist / teacher from Oughtibridge in Sheffield. He produces wintry, organically reverb soaked music that delights in nostalgia and memory, and bypasses much of modern (alt) folk in favour an uneven lineage of singer/songwriters and dreampop imagineers that would include Butterfly Child, Talk Talk / Mark Hollis, Simon and Garfunkel, Flying Saucer Attack, Jewelled Antler Collective, Richard Youngs, and Galaxie 500.
"This diffuse, spectral approach leads Songs of Green Pheasant to vistas of astonishing beauty, particularly on "Wolves Amongst Snowmen", which gently opens out into a dazzling guitar panorama, or on the instrumental "Brody Jacket" which closes the album with a lyrical, yearning pulse of trumpet and submerged guitar." - PITCHFORK (7.3)
"If Sumpner is a mystery in some circles, Gyllyng Street may just add to the tale; it is a work of beauty and depth, deserving of consideration and concentration." - POP MATTERS
Lanterns on the Lake [http://www.myspace.com/lanternsonthelake]
Sparkly cinematic pop music from the North East of England. Lanterns on the Lake evoke the same pure feelings as the true stars of their related genres (Hope Sandoval, Low, Dirty Three) through beautifully dynamic, layered and brilliantly constructed songs.
"Luscious, swoonsome loveliness that tugs the heart strings." - NME
Michael Rossiter [http://www.myspace.com/michaelrossiter]
Deftly fingerpicked folk loveliness from a local favourite. Michael can write a song, without doubt… but he matches this strength with his ability to perfectly execute traditional folk as well as his own material, and to sing from his heart and get the perfect tones from his guitar.
”…a stunning collection of traditional folk songs, with a few of his own compositions thrown in. Rossiter’s knowledge and ability to revitalise ancient songs with fresh arrangements is nought short of wonderful.” - Leeds Guide