5/6/10 - Forest of Sound is Dead (ft. Glissando, Epic45, The Declining Winter, Golden Disko Ship, Sleepingdog, Brave Timbers, Ithaca Trio)
For one last time Forest of Sound present:
Saturday June 5th @ Left Bank Leeds (the former St. Margaret of Antioch church), Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ.
Doors 4pm. £5 advance / £6 on the door.
A bar selling refreshments (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be open.
Glissando is a duo from Leeds, UK playing ambient, slowcore, classical based music. Their debut album 'With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea' was released to high critical acclaim on Gizeh Records in June 2008. A heavy touring schedule in 2008/09, including shows with Stars of the Lid, took this beautiful band to fresh audiences and complete with added members Glissando is now a breathtaking live experience. Work is ongoing for album number two which is expected to be released at some point in 2010. This will be a full band performance.
"...a majestic dream. And it's one you'll never want to wake up from."
"Low meets Mogwai, only with fragments of Regina Spektor at her most restrained. Exceptional."
Epic45 are one of those very special bands - their music manages to capture the sounds that have been in your head for years, but you’ve never actually heard. Inspired by their surroundings, blissful childhood summers and mysterious/inspiring walks the duo has been making music for more than a decade, and are rightly held in high regard for fusing elements of electronica, alt. indie, post rock and ambience in a very individual way.
It comes as no surprise to find that Epic45 grew up - and still reside - in a small rural village in the heartland of the English Midlands. Based around the nucleus of school friends Ben Holton and Rob Glover, Epic45 have had a varied and fluid line-up since their debut in 1999, releasing a series of highly acclaimed EPs and albums. The band has also received radio airplay from the late John Peel, Steve Lamacq and Verity Sharp over the past few years.
”The best English Summer record ever.” - WORD
”One of the most gorgeous albums you’ll hear in a long time.” - DROWNED IN SOUND
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 Stars of the Lid and A Silver Mt. Zion 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 2009.
“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
GOLDEN DISKO SHIP [http://www.myspace.com/goldendiskoship]
Golden Diskó Ship (Theresa Stroetges) is a Berlin based musician named after a golden ship found rotting around the harbour of Reykjavík. We’re delighted to have her back over in Leeds as part of her third UK tour.
She combines a mass of instruments and found objects (guitars, viola, glockenspiel, sticky tape, compact disc cases, toys…) together with perfectly crafted laptop electronica to form a world of beautiful, original and individual music - “…dreamy, experimental folk electronica that sounds like walking on the beach with the sun in your eyes.”
”If Four Tet disfiguiring the dreamy outpourings of vintage troubadours or an organically uncluttered singer-songwriter bitten by the techno bug sounds like an attractive prospect, the Packhorse is the place to be…” - YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Sleepingdog is the project of Belgium-based songstress Chantal Acda. Last year saw the release of her second album 'Polar Life' on Gizeh Records to critical acclaim. Joined on record and occasionally live by Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), who provides the sonic landscapes to compliment Acda's celestial vocals and maudlin piano melodies. A new Sleepingdog record is due out 2010.
"As close to celestial as any human is ever going to achieve" - SONIC DICE
"While Chantal Acda's second album as Sleepingdog barely shifts from a stately first gear, therein lies its considerable charm" - ROCKSOUND
BRAVE TIMBERS [http://www.last.fm/music/Brave+Timbers]
Brave Timbers is the solo project of Sarah Kemp, also of The Declining Winter, Last Harbour, Lanterns on the Lake and Fieldhead. Sarah's solo project fuses her gorgeous violin playing with piano, tenor guitar and other acoustic instruments to produce pieces of beautifully mournful pastroral music. She has contributed a track to Second Language Records 'Music & Migration' compilation, alongside Vashti Bunyan, Peter Broderick and Hauschka.
ITHACA TRIO [http://www.myspace.com/ithaca]
An ever shifting group of people, Ithaca Trio also manage to cover a variety of styles in their music - ranging from slow burning deep ambient pieces reminiscent of Machinefabriek on a calm day or Jasper TX, they’re also at home producing clear as a bell rythmic pieces based around (ahem) ‘real’ instrumentation, taking nods from Steve Reich or John Fahey. Whichever mood they’re in, it is always the music of calm understanding and of understatement. Excellent.
”…these ambient soundscapes again highligh the beautiful acoustics that set Ithaca’s music apart from the crowded ambient/drone soundscaping scene.” - PHANTOM CHANNEL