Thursday 28th September 2017
Knightstown + Johanna Bramli
Doors 8:00 pm
Price £8 + booking fee / £12
**This event has been changed from The Haunt to the Rialto Theatre. Previous tickets remain valid**
Guy Andrews is a British electronic music producer known for creating beautifully intense, sparse, and textural electronic music. He combines aggressive, organic, and electronic percussion, fuzzy synth leads, and post-rock-driven guitar, to create a wonderful palette of textures, distinct and authentic compositions, and broad soundscapes. We welcome his headline show at The Rialto!
Hailing from Brighton, U.K., Andrews grew up listening to a diverse array of music. Eventually working on his own tracks, he moved between a number of aliases to represent his music. Under the moniker iambic, he put out 2008’s Move, and followed up with 2010’s Nocturnes EP and the full-length Under These Stars, We’ll Sleep Again.
Over time, he also had a number of releases for labels such as Discobelle and HotFlush, but his first release under his own name was in 2011 for Hemlock Recordings. The album showcased a whole new sound for the young producer, and differed from his earlier recordings, which were largely focused on ethereal soundscapes.
His new approach to electronic music garnered even more widespread attention, due to his penchant for dub-style beats, varied percussion, and exquisite synth work. He then got to work on a more expansive release. Ultimately deciding that he needed to start over again and completely reinvent his sound, his first step was to wipe the slate clean and begin with a brand-new bag of tricks, deleting all of his old synth patches and plug-ins.
Collecting ideas and sounds over the course of the next two years, he eventually released his debut full-length, Our Spaces, in early 2016. The album caught the attention of esteemed London label Houndstooth, which Andrews described as the perfect fit for the record. Composed of aggressive, organic, and electronic percussion, fuzzy synth leads, and post-rock-driven guitar, the record was acclaimed for its textures, distinct and authentic compositions, and broad soundscapes.
He went on to collaborate with Berlin-based musician Masayoshi Fujita on an improvised live performance titled Needle Six, recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Put out as a dual release between Houndstooth and Erased Tapes, only 1,000 copies of the release were pressed. Andrews spent the rest of 2016 promoting Our Spaces with a number of live shows, and announced he had produced a remix EP titled Our Spaces: Reworks, which featured more directly dance-oriented reinterpretations of the Our Spaces tracks.
“enthralling, exploratory journey that breaks apart component sounds and builds them up into vast, entirely new, structures.” – The Clash
“Our Spaces is so reflective of its creator’s wonderfully divergent impulses” – Vice
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Knightstown is the solo vocal/electronic project of composer and songwriter Michael Aston. He was signed to FatCat in 2016, after submitting ‘Disparity’ in 2014, a demo which quickly became one of the label’s most listened to tracks on the FatCat Demo site.
Knightstown’s material would sit happily among the likes of Sampha and Jamie Woon. Emotive, falsetto vocals shine through these electronic compositions, and the music searches for the ‘sweet-spot between showing emotion and self-restraint’. Hypnotic vocal melodies soar above warm synths, sparse drum beats, and stunning string arrangements. Knightstown maintains a coherent vision throughout the record, keeping one foot in a familiar reality and the other in a future that doesn’t seem wholly distant.
Johanna Bramli – Manipulated vocals / electronics / drone / found sounds
Johanna blends found sounds, drones, DIY noise devices, and harmonised vocals to create melodic, dreamy yet haunting soundscapes. She is one half of motorik pop band Fröst and is interested in exploring the gap between experimental noise and pop. In her solo work, she attempts to bring elements of melodic and pop structures to experimental sounds and textures.