'Colossal Squid’ showcases Betts' unique approach to music combining his love for the irregularities in electronic music (by the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and more recently Arca and Oneohtrix) with his visceral connection with live drums.

As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music, and celebrating the flaws thrown up when one tried to replicate the other.

Taking the ‘Drums Vs Electronics / Man Vs Machine' idea he’s been developing behind the kit for TTT and The Heritage Orchestra (and more recently with Shobaleader One after being headhunted by Squarepusher) this album has a wider focus:

"I think almost most electronic artists have had a desire to perform live, creating a good representation of their music while being engaged with the process as much as possible” says Betts, who decided the best way for the live show to truly represent the album (and vice versa), was to make them one and the same.


Formed in 2015 between a mutual love of confusing song structure and Big Scary Monsters, Goldblume are a spidery three-piece from Cambridge. Their sound can be impossible to pigeonhole neatly, drawing aspects of math-rock, grunge, punk and alternative rock, but with an underlying empathetic emotional vein. In November 2018 they released their debut effort 'HUSK', embarked on their first UK Tour, and have started writing more unconventional pieces for the future.

Colossal Squid / Goldblume

27 Mar 2019

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