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Halls is the solo project of 21 year old South London musician Sam Howard.
Ark – his brooding debut album – draws from a palette of crystalline melodies, intense production and panoramic instrumentation to create a deeply personal, constructivist work of art. Evocative in sound and yet isolationist in sentiment, the album is an dramatic and emotive study of loss and modern anxiety set to a strained electronic soundtrack.
Howard’s centrepiece tenor voice and his glitchy, scattered rhythms present Thom Yorke’s The Eraser as an easy reference point, alongside other exponents of recent mutations in London’s unique urban sound narrative such as The XX, Burial or Mount Kimbie.
Ark, however, also hints at another world beyond this. One of loop innovator Jan Jelinek’s cut-and-paste percussion; the abstracted, intricate instrumentation of Efterklang; the deep choral swells of Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver; haunting ambient composers Tim Hecker or Thomas Köner; and cerebral, minimal modern classicist Nils Frahm.
This show celebrates the release of Halls debut album ‘Ark’, out on No Pain In Pop.
As both singer-songwriter and electronic musician, the sound on Rudi Zygadlo’s new album ‘Tragicomedies’ defies easy categorisation and pigeonholing. His debut, 2010′s Great Western Laymen (Planet Mu) took the fundamentals of Dubstep to a point previously unheard, amalgamating off-kilter influences like choral music and Frank Zappa into the mix, opening the ground for the inevitable fusion of Dubstep and song that was to follow from many artists. Listen more closely and you’ll detect echoes of a broad range of music including Laurie Anderson, Raymond Scott, Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, Alfred Schnittke, John Zorn, Bach, Prince and much more. – but what’s most striking is how Rudi’s twisted take on pop has a distinctly 2012 feel to it. The music and the lyrics of each song burst at the seams with a sense of now. This is music pouring out of Rudi Zygadlo in the most natural way possible. Full of emotion, life and living. Sensationally so.
Not an awful lot is known about Greenwood Sharps. Whether it's a duo, collective or solitary producer is largely unclear and since brilliant EP 'Things Familiar' was released online almost 10 months ago we've heard very little more. There's been a couple of live outings at London club nights Get Me and Streets Of Beige and rumours of a brief tour in Berlin but that's about it. However, with talk of a debut 12" set for release later this year and a recent remix of Glaswegian producer Soosh's recent single, it seems like Greenwood Sharps could be willing to let us get to know some more about this exciting project.
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