Basin Rock presents
Julie Byrne + Supports, Space Afrika & dbh
Sat 02 Jun, 8:00pm at Copper Auditorium
Tickets: £12.50 , approx running time: 120mins (includes two support acts)
American Julie Byrne was arguably 2017’s biggest break out story. Her second album ‘Not Even Happiness’ (released on Todmorden label Basin Rock) took her from relative obscurity to all four corners of the globe. Without much time to draw breathe Byrne added passport stamps from most European countries, Scandinavia, South America, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, as well as extensive jaunts around her homeland, routes that had been vividly archived in the album’s songs – bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, and the irresolvable mysteries of love.
In the live arena she enchants, leaving rooms and festival crowds mesmerised by her voice and warm presence, who find a real connection with Byrne’s intimate songs. This feeling is often shared: “When a show has that magical spirit every person has contributed, even unknowingly, in creating a space of responsiveness to each other through vulnerability, through our unified experience and honesty about our sorrow and our emergence.”
This date will be one of the last chances to see Julie on these shores for some considerable time.
“Here is something special” ***** The Times
“Byrne paints sublime, awestruck moments when simple things become overwhelming.” Pitchfork, Best New Music
“there’s so much to love about Not Even Happiness: the lightness of the finger-picked acoustic guitar patterns, the flute and string interludes, the plaintive timbre in Byrne’s voice recalling fellow outsider folk figures Anne Briggs and Karen Dalton.” **** MOJO
“the voice is a balm” **** The Observer
“otherworldy and other-timely… for all its dreaminess, it never seems fey or contrived… stunning.” The Guardian
“a beautiful, otherworldly take on classic folk and Americana…. one of the albums of the year” NME
‘Not Even Happiness’ Best Albums of 2017 according to: Pitchfork, MOJO, Uncut, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Spin, Stereogum, Paste, Aquarium Drunkard, Gold Flake Paint, Line Of Best Fit, Brooklyn Vegan, Clash, Drowned In Sound, Gorilla Vs. Bear
With their slow-stepping, spacious urban dubscapes, Space Afrika harness ambient, Detroit techno and shades of early nineties Sheffield with a fresh and open approach to composition — this is dub techno stripped-down, sealed in a time capsule and sent back from the near future. Driving, echo-laden deep beats form the bed for a heavily subaquatic sound palette with undercurrents of cybernetic dread.
Friends for almost 2 decades, the two Joshuas formed Space Afrika after years of listening to music together, sequestered by harsh Northern winters. Heavily inspired by the industrial architecture of Northwest England and notions of travel, their sonic framework evokes images of rust and disintegrating concrete, and sensations of movement and redemption — exuding a distorted analogue soul offering escape into their overcast skies. Closely associated with Brighton/London label, Where to Now?, who slink along a vintage axis of post-punk, On-U Sound, minimal and no wave influences, Space Afrika’s diverse and creative radio shows (notably their residencies on NTS and Reform Radio) also display a breadth of curiosities in experimental and avant-garde music, old and new.
dbh is Daniel Bridgwood-Hill, a composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist based in Manchester, UK. For a long time he has had a hand in an inordinate amount of the great music emerging from Manchester’s music scene, as guitarist of NASDAQ and the FTSE 100, and playing all manner of instruments with Kiran Leonard and Irma Vep, to name but two. Most recently he has been playing live with New York singer-songwriter, Julie Byrne.
dbh has released three albums of solo instrumentals to date: Mass (Thread Recordings, 2017); Mood (Thread Recordings, 2015); and Time Flies (Crowfoot Records, 2013). He was also featured on the seventh volume of Tompkins Square’s guitar compilation series, Imaginational Anthem.
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