Sunday 8 September 2013 at 7:30pm
66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE, United Kingdom
Tel: 0161 237 9485
Straddling the divide between pop and the avant-garde ought to render electronica duo Conquering Animal Sound in a position of eternal compromise, taming their experimental impulses in the pursuit of pop truth. Yet, as their second album — and first for Chemikal Underground — demonstrates, Anneke Kampman and James Scott have little truck with contemporary music orthodoxy, from the process of composition and manufacture through to the multiple meanings that underpin the 11 proudly cerebral songs that make up On Floating Bodies.
A testament to the possibilities created by the machines and digital technology with which it was made, On Floating Bodies was created across a period of 18 months. The first stage was for the duo to assemble the musical vocabulary and sonic palette that would anchor the music to come, with Kampman sieving a plethora of lyrical ideas spanning cosmology, science, philosophy and semantics. Next, Kampman and Scott focused on constructing the skeleton of the record — texture, mood, rhythm, melody — before experimenting onstage. The record was completed in the studio, Kampman colouring unexpected spaces within the dense synthetic arrangements with her looped and layered vocal contributions, fully inhabiting the stereo picture.
'None of this will be difficult to those schooled in The Knife, or Niki and the Dove’s less-immediate work, but it’s far from cuddly electro-pop’ – BBC
Support comes from Shield Patterns. ‘Wandering electro-folk dreampop’, Shield Patterns’ songs are inspired by a combination of things heard, read, experienced, resulting in a sound that is dark and rhythmic, melancholy and fragile.
Opening the show is Tekla, who performs ethereal lullabies, played and sung in inimitable style - understated, yet brimming with invention and delicate beauty.
Price: £5 adv
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