On November 8th the Bristolian duo of Robin Stewart and Harry Wright AKA Giant Swan will release their highly anticipated debut album, on their own freshly-minted label, Keck.
In support of the LP release, they have curated a string of gigs and club nights that will give them a chance to present some of their closest allies formed on the road. For their first headline shows in the UK, they will be bringing along friends and fellow audio playmakers Dis Fig, Ossia and Rian Treanor, as well as working with crews in each city to cram these nights with local pedigree.
An uncompromising statement of intent, ‘55 Year Old Daughter’ sets the tone: metallic KO drums and an earworm hook constructed from a scissored vocal sample, the album lurches into life with perhaps the closest the band have come so far to an out-and-out banger. A track that’s simultaneously deconstructed avant-noise and devastating DJ weapon.
Having built a formidable reputation for their hi-octane improvised performances, relentless international touring and a succession of acclaimed EPs on respected imprints such as Whities, Timedance and Mannequin, 'Giant Swan' sees the pair stepping things up significantly, with a full-length musical statement that bristles with the galvanising energy for which they're known while introducing a fresh depth, range and sonic nuance to the equation.
At the same time, they’ve been subverting expectations on the international techno circuit, they’ve also had one foot in a more experimental camp, equally at home playing alongside Moor Mother (for whom they’ve produced a track on the forthcoming Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes album) at leftfield arts festivals as they are sending it in at legendary clubs like Berghain and Tresor.
Dance scenario provision.
For producer and DJ Felicia Chen (aka Dis Fig), risk-taking and provocation is an integral part of the creative process.
“My aim is to grab my listeners emotionally--pour my soul down their throat and shake every thread of their being,” the Berlin via New York artist says. Among her most iconoclastic productions includes the score to “An Atypical Brain Damage,” an experimental 90-minute pop opera and performance piece by Chinese contemporary artist Tianzhuo Chen, which was subsequently released on the New York collective and experimental label PTP. The work embodies Dis Fig’s musical signatures: murky ambience-meets-horror film soundscapes, derivatives of industrial four-on-the-floor rhythms, and psychologically turbulent themes.
Giant Swan / Ossia / Dis Fig
14 Nov 2019
1st Floor, 7 Torrens St, The Angel
London EC1V 1NQ