(Tuesday) November 15, 2016 - 19:30
The Dome, Tufnell Park - 2 Dartmouth Park Hill (Map)
34 people attended
TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER
Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own.
It’s a fact that remains true on The Catastrophist, Tortoise’s first studio album in nearly seven years released in January of this year. Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, John McEntire and Jeff Parker, the band has always thrived on sudden bursts of inspiration. And for The Catastrophist, the spark came in 2010 when the group was commissioned by the City of Chicago to compose a suite of music rooted in its ties to the area’s noted jazz and improvised music communities.
As ever, Tortoise has conjured sounds on The Catastrophist, that aren’t being purveyed anywhere else in music today. There’s a deeply intuitive interplay between the group members that comes only from two decades of experimentation, revision and improvisation. And at a time when our brains are constantly bombarded by myriad distractions, The Catastrophist reminds us that there’s something much greater out there. All we have to do is listen.
Slows is the solo project of musician/producer Matthew Simms. Following 2015’s purely Farfisa based 10” single, which sold out in a week, his full length LP (released in October on Deep Distance records) draws upon hours of endless home recordings of improvised modular synth and farfisa organ, processed and distressed through old analog delays and reverbs and formed of two side long sound collages.
Matthew has also been a member of Wire since 2010 (adding his distinctive guitar and synth parts to 2013’s acclaimed “Change Becomes Us” LP, 2015’s Self titled ‘Wire’ and 2016’s “Nocturnal Koreans“). This year has seen him produce and mix the next Chastity Belt album and he has even found himself on stage in London collaborating with Michael Rother of Neu! And Harmonia.
Please note – this show has been moved and rescheduled from the ATP show at Electric Ballroom, previously scheduled for July. All existing tickets remain valid.
Tickets £20.00 +bf adv. available from http://birdonthewire.seetickets.com/go/tortoisethedome
The Dome, Tufnell Park
2A Dartmouth Park Hill, London, NW5 1HL
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