I'm continuing to stretch the limits of the music I'm promoting and this show promises to range from extreme ambienece and field recordings to bristling distortion with chaotic bomb clusters and ELEH-like tonal stasis. So a serious workout and cleansing for the earlobs.
Islington Mill, 31st Oct, £7 adv from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/92077
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This Digitalis review is amazing:
his one is for the gold, all the way and all the time. holy family is the modular synth duo of lawrence english and john chantler (room40 extraordinaires). and you know what's coming. it opens onto a putrid, rotting corpse hanging from the bedchamber. chantler & english aren't fuckign around. their synths sound like they're dying, every note stretched to the point of breaking oscillating into the ground. this is not child's play. before you know it your blood stops flowing, turned into a molasses. faint echoes try to scratch their way to the surface, totally buried alive. every so often you think you hear a melody whirring from behind, but everything gets swallowed back down into this deep, dark pit. intense. incredible. - Digitalis
Lawrence is the label head of the great Room 40 label and has also released on Touch and 12k. He is a media artist, writer and musician living in Brisbane, Australia. Much of his work prompts questions of field, perception and memory, and is often concerned with sound environments and field recording. Over the past decade he has visited every continent in search of unique and compelling sound spaces. He has been struck by lightening, swam in the Antarctic and dodged numerous venomous animals all in the pursuit of sound.
"What makes Kiri No Oto work so spectacularly well (and it is a spectacular album) is that no matter what situation I've listened to it in and no matter what sort of sound system I use, it still sounds phenomenal." Brainwashed (on 'Kiri no oto')
John Chantler is an omnivorous recording artist/musician based in London, UK. Starting out as a drummer, John still keeps loose time for Outshine Family and The Balky Mule whilst exploring his own solo synthesizer works and occasionally convening the Organ Octet - a massed organ ensemble of eight reed/chord organs. He also plays synth in a trio with Tujiko Noriko and Lawrence English and as Holy Family - a duo with Lawrence English.
In 2005, John had sent down some drums long distance to Lawrence English who was putting together "Blurred in my Mirror" with Tujiko Noriko. For the follow-up "U" (2008) they instead convened in Brisbane with John laying down guitar, bass, drums, synths and other instruments. It was during that session that the modular synth bug bit and John returned to the UK and began the dark decent into black hole of synth obsession, putting together the instrument that forms the basis of his new LP, The Luminous Ground.
"Restrained, dynamic and melodic while also at times totally blissed-out... Instrumental, experimental music rarely gets better than this 9/10" Foxy Digitalis (on For Barry Ray - 'New Days')
"...Chantler has transformed one head-and-heart experience into another. An utterly absorbing and resonant work." First past the post (on 'Monoke')