6th September 2008: The Declining Winter at Light House

Please Note: This event will start at 8pm, doors 7.30pm.

Trailer

About the Artists

The Declining Winter

Richard Adams co-founded Hood in 1990 with his brother Chris and the group went on to record nine albums, eventually signing to Domino. The Declining Winter is a new project from Richard, which released its debut Goodbye Minnesota earlier this year. Their sound encompasses everything from folk and dub to post-rock and instrumental beat-based hip-hop (think Jay Dilla and Madlib).

Building from a simple, repeated acoustic refrain and bass line, ‘We Used to Read Books’ defines what Adams describes as his “spectral atmospheres”. It is deceptively epic without resorting to the inevitable overblown climaxes present in much ‘post-rock’ music.

Expanded to a five-piece line up when playing live, The Declining Winter’s sound promises to deliver one of the most mesmerising live sets Colour has yet seen.

Stream: The Declining Winter – We Used to Read Books

Taken from Goodbye Minnesota. Purchase at Boomkat.

Gareth S. Brown

Leeds-based Gareth S. Brown has previously contributed to Hood, but his new modern classical double album The Gallows/Royal College O’ Surgeons is definitely a singular vision. He produces haunting, minimalist compositions that are both arresting and beautiful. Influenced by the work of Philip Glass, they are frequently unpredictable but immensely listenable.

‘Listing Vampyre’ from The Gallows, layers strange, rasping keys and glockenspiel on top of a frantic violin line, creating something that is ornate and stunning yet disorientating, causing a quickening of the heart as it progresses. A submerged bass drum heightens the sense of drama.

Stream: Gareth S. Brown – Listing Vampyre


Taken from The Gallows/Royal College O’ Surgeons. Purchase at Boomkat.

July Skies

If you’re ever in doubt about the immersive power of music, listen to July SkiesThe Weather Clock on headphones. Antony Harding’s compositions unfurl gradually, revealing subtle shades and details like a time-lapse video of a countryside scene in the emerging light of dawn. Harding works as a town planner in Solihull and The Weather Clock’s artwork shows a preoccupation with mid-20th Century architecture and its relationship with its setting. This is reflected in electric guitar taking centre stage but played in a delicate, organic way, the divide between man-made and the natural blurring magnificently.

‘Harvest 1982’

Like long-time collaborators Epic45, July Skies music and visual presence is shaped by a nostalgic fascination with the past, often for times that had past into history long before Harding was born. The Guardian dubbed their work as ‘psychogeographic’, with their referencing of our “collective history”. The concept behind July Skies’ 2004 album The English Cold was the effect of WWII on the countryside. Brooding and beautiful, it perfectly captures the sense of tranquility and tradition under threat from imminent invasion and destruction.

The concepts behind the songs certainly add to their appeal, creating mental visuals for their stunning soundtracks.

Stream: July Skies – Holidays to Wales (Taken from The Weather Clock) Purchase at Boomkat.

Colour DJ Setlist

‘Dayvan Cowboy’ Boards Of Canada (The Campfire Headphase)
‘My Burr’ Minotaur Shock (Amateur Dramatics)
‘You Die’ Hymie’s Basement (Hymie’s Basement)
‘Walls’ Beck (Modern Guilt)
‘Ribbons’ Four Tet (Ringer [EP])
‘where|sir’ SON LUX (At War With Walls and Mazes)
‘Knife’ Grizzly Bear (Yellow House)
‘I Used To Do’ Clogs (“Cue The Bugle Turbulent”: THE 2007 BELIEVER MUSIC ISSUE CD)
‘We Grew Up Playing in the Fields of England’ Epic45 (May Your Heart Be The Map)
‘September, Maybe’ Sleeping States (There The Open Spaces)
‘Punk As Fuck’ The American Analog Set (Know by Heart)
‘Early Whitney’ Why? (The Early Whitney [EP])
‘Thunder Road’ Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Tortoise (The Brave And The Bold)
‘Clocks’ Fridge (The Sun)
‘Wedding Song No. 3’ Papa M (Hole Of Burning Alms)
‘Herstory Of Glory’ Do Make Say Think (You, You’re A History in Rust)
‘Ode To The Sea’ The Instruments (Dark Småland)
‘Jenny Again’ Tunng (Comments Of The Inner Chorus)
‘You And Moon’ Adem (Love And Other Planets)
‘How Can I Love You If You Won’t Lie Down’ Silver Jews (Tanglewood Numbers)

One Response to 6th September 2008: The Declining Winter at Light House

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