with: Rosebud + Kurt Moss
Thursday 21 May 2020
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
£5 in advance £7 on the door
Inwards plays a hometown show in support of his latest LP “Bright Serpent”, released on 10th April 2020 by Small Pond Recordings.
The alias of Kristian Shelley, Inwards is a multi-instrumentalist and music programmer from Worcestershire. Drawing influence from the far borders of dance music he uses modular synthesisers and other electronic / acoustic instruments to create playful yet emotionally potent instrumental songs. Fast gaining a reputation for his absorbing live Audio Visual shows, he has performed alongside Forest swords, Lapalux, Adam Betts (Three Trapped Tigers) and Tyondai Braxton (Battles).
He has performed at The Great Escape, Brighton Digital Festival, Nozstock, Knee Deep and many more.
“Bright Serpent” is an introspective collection of psychedelic modular synth led experimentations. Electronic textures and rhythms rub up against manipulated recordings of real instruments, voices and field recordings to fashion transportive snapshots of an inner sound-world.
‘Bright Serpent’ follows Inwards’ 2019 EP ‘’Feelings of Unreality’, which Dummy called “blissful and mesmerizing electronic music”, and 2018 debut album ‘Diesel’ described in Electronic Sound as “a sublime listen” and Clash as “an absorbing document”. Both releases gained widespread airplay on daytime and specialist radio with distinct support from Tom Ravenscroft, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, John Kennedy and BBC Introducing.
The album’s first single ‘Skateboarding’, out today, opens the album. The track’s innocent, gliding melodies are clearly full of joy, Kristian explains: “Skateboarding was a huge part of my life when I was growing up. I really missed it, so I went a bought a skateboard and joined the skaters at the local park. I made this track over those weeks when I was learning all the tricks I used to know and used to listen to it when practising.”
The new album was mostly written and recorded at Kristian’s secluded log cabin in Worcestershire, which he built himself. The cabin is fitted with an array of creative musical and studio equipment, primarily composed of a personalized modular synth system, where he’s free to make music any time of day, without interruption. Explaining the method behind creating ‘Bright Serpent’, Kristian says:
“I like the textures of real instruments and voices. I used my voice as an instrument on this record more this time, which is something new for me. There are also sounds I recorded years back of different atmospheres, conversations of friends, sounds from a building site. Anything that I could manipulate to add atmosphere.”
A lot of the songs on ‘Bright Serpent’ were born out of pure experimentation; sometimes a song came together in a matter of hours, sometimes much later with the initial intention or inspiration shifting to a new subject. Kristian explains how the process of making music, and also stepping away from it, is like therapy to him.
“I like to communicate without using language as I feel there are some things that can not be put into words. Doing things outside music is really important too. My mind is all over the place most of the time and meditation has been a big help to tame it. I recently started skateboarding again, swimming and I’ve started experimenting in the last year with making visual art for my live performances.”
‘Bright Serpent’ is set for release on 10th April 2020 by Small Pond Recordings on vinyl, CD and digital formats.
Heavily improvised situationist electronics. Beats. Wails. Howls. Deconstruction and S.W.E.A.T. Born in Worcester (officially dubbed the UK’s “dullest city where nothing ever happens”).
Combining visceral spoken word with dark and chaotic electronica and projected visuals, Rosebud have shared a stage with the likes of Blanck Mass, Tangerine Dream’s Ulrich Schnauss, Poisonous Birds and many more.
Rosebud draw on a wellhead of Drone, European Industrial, Detroit Techno and the filthier end of Krautrock, feeding on the visual chaos of The Fluxus and Dada Art movements.
Kurt Moss, also recognised under the alias Korgykurt, is a music producer and performing artist based in Worcestershire, UK. Kurt is heavily influenced by the genres Hip Hop, Jungle, DnB and Electronica. When playing live Kurt has a simple yet effective set up of a sampler and a synth which he uses to create live versions of his recorded work. Kurt is also the founder of Mad.wav, the platform he releases his music and his visual artworks through.
£5 ADV / £7 OTD
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