The Victoria, Birmingham, 7:30pm // £5 on the door.
Hailing from Genoa, Italy, port-royal take the estabished structures of post-rock and inject new life into it, restoring its ability to thrill washed out synths, pulsing, 4-on-the-floor beats and ethereal vocals. Signed to Oakland label n5MD, their third record Dying In Time sees a new melodic focus, with the dream-like quality of the band’s previous work making room for infectious, catchy ambient pop.
Millimetrik is Québec City resident Pascal Asselin. Pascal’s music unites his love of hip-hop, electronica and ambient music, but takes these influences to somewhere entirely his own. Over the course of four albums the music has evolved, his fascination with ambient textures and atmospheres becoming more layered, warm and melodic. Earning favourable comparisons to artists as diverse as Boards of Canada and DJ Shadow, new album Mystique Drums sees Pascal experiment in dubstep surroundings.
Arc Vel is one of the most exciting sonic experimenters to come out of Birmingham for some time, crafting electronica that gradually builds from glitchy clicks and whirs to dense washes of intricate andoften playful sound. Proof that electronic music can be emotionally resonant, Arc Vel is sure to appeal to fans of Four Tet, Caribou and Burial.
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Colour DJs will be on hand between the bands playing the greatest and latest electronica, experimental and indie music, as well as programming visuals themed around space travel and exploration.
John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN. 0121 6339439
A beautifully restored Victorian theatre pub in the centre of Birmingham, The Victoria has been home to Colour since Spring 2009. Offering a wide range of cask ales and cocktails, its upstairs lounge is the perfect performance space for intimate live music shows like ours.
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