Wednesday 17th June 2015
+ The Creaking Chair + DJ D
Doors 7:30 pm
Price £8 / £10
Critically acclaimed electronic/ambient duo consisting of Marcus O’Dair and Andrew Phillips return to hometown Brighton.
Special AV set.
Since opening the stage at the Big Chill festival in 2009, Brighton’s Grasscut have released two highly critically acclaimed albums, all showcasing a romantic, nostalgic, daring and inherently human take on electronic music and landscape-based/ambient concepts. Formed by musician/writer Marcus O’Dair with composer/producer Andrew Phillips, Grasscut release their third album Everyone Was A Bird via Lo Recordings – April 2015, with a recent new single Curlews / September Night’s Sky performed in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. With its meditative piano intro, soaring strings and a sense of open skies and distant horizons, the origins of Curlews lie much closer to Brighton.
That sense of place and belonging resonates throughout much of Grasscut’s work, and the forthcoming album features liner notes from the renowned landscape writer Robert Macfarlane.
Grasscut have contributed with the likes of Robert Wyatt, Adrian Crowley, Gazelle Twin and Jon Surman. Marcus O’Dair is also known for his soundtrack work and is also a writer and broadcaster: his 2014 biography of Robert Wyatt was a Radio 4 book of the week and a book of the year in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Uncut magazine.
“Grasscut are the perfect riposte for those who doubt electronic music’s capacity to be romantic, nostalgic and human” – Mojo
“Ghostly, weird and enveloping electronica” Sunday Times
“One of that select band of artists who are making genuinely daring music that still remains an accessible and enjoyable listen” Tom Robinson, BBC 6music
Support comes from:
The Creaking Chair
“Delightfully hymnal like chill tipped lunar-esque…essential, in short.” – God is in the TV
“an enticing mix of Krautrock and early 70s English whimsy like Kevin Ayres, with some funky interjections too.” – Brighton Music Blog
DJ D is Daniel Neal from yndi halda and one half of DJ team D/J. Daniel programs music software and is an accomplished violin player. DJ D is the only yndi halda side project that doesn’t compose original music.