Fri 24 October 2014 // 20:00
Tickets: £6 advance, £8 on the door
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, 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 their music.
Last year the duo released their second full length via the legendary Scottish label Chemikal Underground. On Floating Bodies is a testament to the possibilities created by the machines and digital technology with which it was made. The resulting music is fearless, futuristic and frosted, an alien landscape bookended by the sound of pulses, sea shells and a miniature tool-set dropping to the floor (Ultimate Heat Death Of The Universe) and a two-minute burst of queasy science-fiction (Inner/Outer/Other). This is 21st-century pop refracted through the prism of keen minds — atomised, deconstructed and reassembled; an ouroborous of ideas and ideals, endlessly innovating itself.
Support comes from SOFIA HÄRDIG, a Swedish musician, composer and soundartist. She works with voice, live processing, guitar, laptop, electronic, cassettes. keyboard etc. She also writes, produces, mixes and arranges music for her own albums and to dance, film and other artists.
She has worked with musicians from The Hellacopters (SWE) , Belle And Sebastian (GB) AMM (GB) bob hund (SWE) , Free Kitten(US), Bordoms(JAP), OOIOO (JAP), AMM (GB)Sundburned Hand Of The Man (US). The Cardigans (SWE) And played with many experimental musicians like Ikue Mori (US), Yoshimi (JAP), John Tillbury (AMM), Eddie Prévost (AMM) Mats Gustafsson (SWE), Sofia Agnél (FR), and many more. Sofia Frequently tours over the world and She has from time lived and worked in Berlin, New York, Stockholm and Malmö.
Also support from Microdeform who creates haunting soundscapes via a landscape of pedals, samplers and keyboards. Tinged with melancholy and the echoes of melody, his work recalls the Grim, rainy futurism of Scott's Bladrunner or Gilliam's 12 Monkeys.