Decorum presents: NLF3, BOXCAR ALDOUS HUXLEY and ALEXANDER THOMAS
The Cube, Dove Street South, Bristol, BS2 8JB
£4 in advance, £5 on the door.
Decorum present another eclectic and sonically pleasing occasion, featuring mesmerising electronic grooves and stomping Balkan folk ditties.
Here’s the rumpus:
NLF3 are back again after their triumphant sold-out Cube appearance last year. Formed in Paris in 2000, NLF3 draw on psychedelia, afrobeat, krautrock and Steve Reich minimalism. NLF3’s music is cyclical and textured, and incorporates both electronic and organic elements to make a sound that is somewhere between movie scores (one of their number co-produced the soundtrack to ‘Amelie’), angular post-punk and psych-rock. Looped electronics mix with a wide variety of instruments: amplified kalimba, hard-edged electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion and vocals. They share a pool of principles and constructions with their cousins Battles or Animal Collective (both of whom the group have toured with) and cite influences from Alice Coltrane, Fela Kuti, This Heat and Can to early Sonic Youth. Mesmeric, meandering and always captivating.
BOXCAR ALDOUS HUXLEY
Boxcar Aldous Huxley are an old-time band of players, comprising banjo, harmonium, euphonium, trombone, clarinet and drums. They can stomp like Tom Waits and serenade like Beirut. Their songs speak of failed revolution in 19th century Canada, the apocryphal necrophilia of painter and muse, and related matters. They are available for film soundtracks, funerals, and will gladly write you a campaign song to aid your run for high office, in exchange for cold hard cash or liquor. The liquor need not be cold, though it should still be hard.
Bristolian Thereminist and dapper dresser Alexander Thomas quickly bypasses the B-movie clichés of the instrument, building up a sensual series of sonic constructions that are alternately scouring and beautiful.
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