Gareth S Brown
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Live at Wharf Chambers
Friday, 20th July 2012
Gareth S Brown has been creating music under various guises and projects for many years, including memberships past and present in the likes of Hood, The Declining Winter, Rauschen and Canvas. Over the years, his solo projects have traded under many names (Jerstice, Royal Librarian, etc) and have seen Brown explore territories taking in noise and dissonance in his early pieces through to the complex Neo-Classicism that we see today. His complex yet beguiling compositions for piano and computer are a genuine joy to behold.
Ailsa Craig take a sideways look at pop music and re-imagines it through the varying filters of post rock and electronic music, teamed up with Caroline McChrystal's (of The Blanche Hudson Weekend) tales of bitterness, loathing and longing in love.
If St Etienne were heavily into Mice Parade, Thee More Shallows, Burial and Hood, you might get an idea of the kind of sombre pop music Ailsa Craig are trying to achieve. Set against the quirky downer pop/post-electronica textures of Lee Hooper and Matt Robson, they take in influences as diverse as The Fieldmice, Epic 45, Flying Lotus, Burial, Mount Kimbie and the new bass music, shot across the bows with a moody North English autumnalism. Their line up is further augmented by a multitude of guest musicians, so expect a potential guest appearance from Johnny Ford (Polaris/Executive Legs).
Horton Parks has been out of the limelight for a while now, but that doesn't mean he's been resting on his laurels. Far from it, in fact....he's been putting together a follow up to his debut album, Sleepers. This new album is called Heights Drive and features a harder sound than his previous work. You can still hear the ghosts of old blues players and the likes of Fred Neil and Tim Hardin in some of the tracks, but they've now been joined by the spirit of Dee Dee Ramone and the hard and fast punky rhythms of the old Noo Yoik CBGB scene, with a little drop of Bob Pollard/Guided By Voices thrown in for good measure.