Sat 28 October // 20:00
Tickets: £10 advance, £14 door
Like a dream foggily remembered, Loopsel's Öga for Öga is tempting in its beauty yet slightly menacing in its depth. These songs, like paths in the forest forest, are heavily, almost treacherously, reverberated, with finger-plucked guitars acting as your signposts amongst the flora and fauna of field recordings, pads, and the cool, calm voice of Elin Engström. The album is the second from Engström as Loopsel. She is a Gothenburg-based musician and one-half of both the group Monokultur and the team behind the tiny Mamma's Mystersika Jukebox label with her partner JJULIUS. During what seemed like the nadir of the pandemic, the blurry, otherworldly sounds emanating from their living room snaked into the DFA office, where the otherwise dutifully DIY pair found the scale of worldwide release and distribution. Öga for Öga is the second release from that partnership (following JJULIUS' VOL. 2 in 2022).
"JJULIUS is the name of the swirling, singular world built by Julius Pierstorff, somewhere deep in the cobwebs of Gothenburg, Sweden, where dub and kosmische and post-punk sounds all sit around and tell ghost stories to each other. Originally a fully DIY project on Mamma's Mysteriska Jukebox, the label he runs with his partner Loopsel, his latest long player VOL. 2 was released worldwide in conjunction with New York's seminal DFA Records. Now he emerges from the shadows to play some shows with his live band. It'll be louder and looser, as it should be."
Plus Adam Reid DJing in the bar