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Sea Change 2019: Metronomy, The Comet Is Coming, Gruff Rhys, Lubomyr Melnyk, Gazelle Twin, Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral), Maps, Black Midi, W.H. Lung, Du Blonde & more
Curated and presented by the award-winning Drift Record Shop, Sea Change is a festival based in Totnes town and the historic Dartington Estate taking place from 24th-26th May 2019.
Please visit www.seachangefestival.co.uk/ for more information.
The brain-child of disillusioned drummer Joseph Mount, Metronomy are an alternative electronica group producing funk-infused beats, android-esque vocals and highly addictive bass-lines.
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The Comet Is Coming are a London-based band who incorporate elements of jazz, electronica, funk and psychedelic rock, with a love of all things outer space, science fiction and B-movies. The Guardian described them as "true heirs" to cosmic jazz pioneers Sun Ra.
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Gruff Rhys is a prolific and inventive Welsh musician whose music encompasses a range of styles, including psychedelia, folk and electro-pop. His third album, Hotel Shampoo, won the Artrocker Album of the Year award and the Welsh Music Prize in 2011. Gruff is well known as the singer and main songwriter for Super Furry Animals, and he also formed Neon Neon, the electro-pop collaborative project with Boom Bip.
In 2014, Gruff released American Interior, an album, book, film and app, exploring the life of John Evans, who left Wales for north America in 1792 in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. Then in 2016, despite a busy schedule touring again with the Super Furries, he found time to compose the soundtrack album for Andy Goddard's film Set Fire To The Stars. His most recent release, 2018's Babelsberg, was recorded with the 72 piece BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
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Melnyk is a pianist and composer and pioneer of what he calls 'continuous music' - an approach to the piano which requires a totally new technique based on extremely rapid notes and note-series that create a "tapestry of sound" usually with the sustain pedal held down to generate overtones and sympathetic resonances.
According to Wikipedia, he is also the fastest pianist in the world, sustaining speeds of over 19.5 notes per second in each hand and holds the record for the most notes played in an hour. But more than just a technical display, Melnyk's note choices create a personal soundworld of mystical calm.
Lubomyr Melnyk tour dates
Mixing heavy, twisted electronics with soundscapes and perhaps a bit of dance, Gazelle Twin is known for her incredible live shows.
Gazelle Twin tour dates
Previously the lead guitarist with The Coral, after leaving the band Bill has written many of his own songs and instrumental pieces.
Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral) tour dates
From Northampton, Maps' music is made alone by founder member James in his bedroom, with live band completed by James and August. Maps' musical backdrop is a colourful one, a list of influences ranging from Godspeed to Modest Mouse, and from The Beach Boys to Knowledge Of Bugs.
Maps tour dates
A young math-noise group from south London who the NME have already hailed as "the best band in London". They created a huge buzz with their live shows before even putting any music online.
"Black Midi showed their audience why they’re one of the buzziest bands on the underground scene right now. A post-punk/math rock band so brilliantly chaotic that they’re almost literally unreal" - Gigwise
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Like if Nico sang about milk bottles or 'a Joni Mitchell for the anti-folk generation' (NME), Newcastle's Du Blonde has been bubbling under since 2008 with sporadic singles and EPs, until 2012 finally saw the release of her debut album on Mute, 'Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose', joined by her merry band of men known as The Hooves Of Destiny. An eclectic blend of folk, soprano warbles and quirky art-pop songs.
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Szun Waves is comprised of electronic producer Luke Abbott, Jack Wyllie (Portico) and Laurence Pike (PVT). The three players coming from varying backgrounds, faced some initial challenges, namely successfully coordinating analogue hardware with real-life musicians. With Luke on modular synth, Laurence drumming and Jack on saxophone, the music is described as ‘a mystical adventure into the realms of free-jazz and shimmering psychedelia’.
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Rozi Plain is from Winchester but based in Bristol, where she creates her own beautifully intimate music that captures life slowly floating by. Sister of Fence Records' Romanhead, she's as English as they come, her sweet and simple folk melodies and blues ditties a pleasure to experience.
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For the best part of two decades Pike has operated at the cutting edge of the electronic and jazz music worlds, releasing albums to critical acclaim and touring the world with his bands PVT (formerly Pivot), Triosk and Szun Waves, and featuring on numerous albums, tours and soundtracks as a collaborator.
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'A great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire' - The Observer
The Northern Ireland artist who reinvented iconic 80's songs on a hand-cranked music box, Peel has also created original material fusing analogue synths with angelic haunting vocals. The artist and composer is also a member of the collaborative band The Magnetic North.
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An alternative artist from Wigan.
'Hypnotic tracks which straddle an impressive spectrum of influence; with Boards of Canada's irresistible nostalgia, Suicide's deconstructed rock’n’roll and My Bloody Valentine's infinite noise all becoming touching points in TVAM’s musical output.'
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'Never listen to people who want to change your music. With that advice from a fellow musician Amsterdam based Pip Blom started making songs. First with a three string Loog guitar with the 14 track demo album Short Stories as result. Some years later, the sound has changed completely. Gone is the ‘girl with little guitar’. Enter electric guitars, bass and drums. But it is still Pip.'
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You Tell Me is the new musical venture of Sarah Hayes (Admiral Fallow) and Peter Brewis (Field Music). They met performing together at a celebration of Kate Bush’s music, and have since then been writing and recording new songs between Glasgow and Sunderland.
You Tell Me tour dates
Doomsquad is a Toronto-based art project made up of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas.
The trio create experimental dance music that’s heavily indebted to trance and psychedelia. As interdisciplinary artists, the band brings a wide range of influences to bear throughout their work. From far-reaching global beats to the sounds of their local community, it’s all thoughtfully curated and channeled into a project of immersion and unity.
The result is a mesmerizing sonic landscape of dynamic repetition. Doomsquad constructs a contemplative space for deep listening, within the music and within yourself.
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Well-loved singer and musician with a wide range of traditional and contemporary material.
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