Sea Change III

Keep scrolling to learn more about the artists joining us in Totnes on 24th and 25th August for Sea Change.

 

Hookworms

Photograph: Hollie Fernando

 
 

Hookworms are hard working Leeds lads juggle living actual real lives with making super awesome music. Hookworms are MJ, MB, JW, JN & EO.

Live and on record, like Spaceman 3, they pointedly subvert the tripped out sound environments of psychedelia with a darkly malevolent punk menace; unlike J.Spaceman et al, there’s no chemical assistance, these concepts and feelings come with clarity. Released in February, Microshift is the Leeds band's first new work in over 3 years and marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, song-writing and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK's most revered young bands.

 
 

Gwenno

 
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What if your mother tongue is an ancient language of a land that you’ve never lived in, whose native speakers have only recently broken 200 years’ silence? What if the only place it has ever existed over the years is hundreds of miles away, in your home and your heart?

We are thrilled to have the 2015 Welsh Music Prize winner join us for Sea Change with a very special album that's close to our heart and close to our shores. Written entirely in Cornish, Le Kov translates as “the place of memory”. The title crystallises Gwenno’s relationship with the language - a fluent speaker who has seldom ventured south of the River Tamar, let alone lived there. As a child, she imagined that Cornish held similar cultural weight to the Welsh language: a living, spoken tongue that coursed through everyday life. “How wrong I was,” she admits. Never has their been a more poignant time to release an album that explores the individual and collective subconscious, the ‘dream state’, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the survival of Britain’s lesser known Brythonic language. Beautiful, timeless, psychedelic pop music.

Le Kov is a stunning album and we are very excited indeed to have Gwenno come and play it for us in Totnes this Summer.

 
 

Damo Suzuki x Bo Ningen

For Sea Change 2018 we are so incredibly proud to present a collaborative headline experience that is right at the very top of our most very wild wishlists.

Damo Suzuki - former singer in Krautrock legends CAN - will unite with Japanese noise rockers Bo Ningen for a live set channeling the most vivid experimentalism. After a near ten year hiatus post-CAN, Damo has spent the last thirty-five years touring the World with his remarkable Damo Suzuki's Network show, collaborating with some 7000+ 'Sound Carriers' in some of the most pioneering and genuinely experimental live music around. 

Bo Ningen are categorically one of the most exciting live bands on the planet. An explosive combination of noise and rock, they have collaborated with Faust and Savages and recorded three critically acclaimed albums for Stolen Recordings.
 

 
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Oh, but the way... the name Bo Ningen means "Stick Man" in Japanese.

James Holden & The Animal Spirits

  Photograph Laura Lewis

Photograph Laura Lewis

 

One of the most consistently progressive, challenging and pioneering producers around, James Holden will be bringing his 'synth-led folk-trance standards' to Sea Change 2018 with his expanded James Holden & The Animal Spirits line up.

Consisting of long-time collaborators Tom Page (RocketNumberNine) and Etienne Jaumet as well as Marcus Hamblett, Liza Bec and Lascelle Gordon, their self titled debut on his own superb Border Community label was one of 2017's most unique and exciting albums. Only released in November, it rose to No.7 in Drift's albums of the year alongside glowing reviews across Loud and Quiet, The 405, Pitchfork, Crack, The Quietus and countless record shops.

 In a bid to capture what he calls the unfakeable “psychic communication” of a group performance, The Animal Spirits was recorded live in one room together in single takes, no overdubs, no edits, in accordance with his own self-imposed dogma.

Born out of of the sheer unbridled joy of live performance, Holden’s third artist album The Animal Spirits is the momentous culmination of a radical transformation, as the former trailblazer of the early noughties computer music revolution is dramatically reborn as live musician and band leader. In embracing his new found knowledge of Morocco’s Gnawa trance tradition and repackaging the brash tones of pure trance into the accommodating spiritual jazz band format, The Animal Spirits can even be viewed as a kind of coming to terms with Holden’s early trance past, only now his focus is on the parallel evolutions of folk traditions the world over and their hypnotic effects on the brain, rather than the narrow formulaic European musical genre. This one-time international DJ has now officially hung up his headphones to turn his attention to setting a new standard for interconnected live electronic performance, as he gears up to take his new five-piece musical collective out on the road this autumn. And now we are through the looking glass into a new realm of inherently organic live electronic musical performance, there can be no going back to the prison of the rigid world of computer beats.

We can not wait to see this rich and kaleidoscopic live show... we're pinching ourselves still to be perfectly honest. 

 
A bewitching brew of experimental jazz, droning electronics and raw, progressive rock.
— Mojo
As with The Inheritors, the tracks were all recorded in one take, and move from euphoric melodies to intense improvisations. But this album is a fuller realisation of Holden’s vision, as kaleidoscopic as the prog rock LPs to which he’s clearly indebted.
— Resident Advisor

Immix Ensemble present: Kosmologie Ancienne by Jane Weaver & Sam Wiehl

 

2017 saw the release of Jane Weaver’s ‘Modern Kosmology’ to critical acclaim, winning numerous awards and wowing audiences across the globe. Using Modern Kosmology as a starting point, Weaver teamed up with long time visual collaborator Sam Wiehl and Liverpool new music group; Immix Ensemble to produce ‘Kosmologie Ancienne’.

Together, Wiehl, Weaver and Immix developed a multidisciplinary performance for voice, guitar and classical instrumentation, complemented by Wiehl’s visual world and presented it at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt. The triumvirate brought in Immix composer in residence Andrew PM Hunt (Dialect) and Andy Votel to complete the bill.

 

At Sea Change 2018, Immix Ensemble will bring the programme in it’s entirety, with Votel’s sound art and new works by Hunt with the ensemble to St Mary’s Church, Totnes for it’s first performance since it’s debut. 

Jane Weaver
Working as an omnipresent pop figure in her genuinely independent micro-industry Jane Weaver is a rare example of a passionate and resilient Northern female artist who re-creates, re-invents and refreshes where many others come and go. Her synth-pop psych and conceptual pop LPs have earned her a faithful fan base which has extended to a long discography of collaborations often released through her own musical "Woman’s Institute" imprint Bird Records which she runs with Finders Keepers Records in Manchester. 

Immix Ensemble
Immix Ensemble formed in 2014 as part of Metal’s Time and Space residency and are now in their third series of unique performances in Liverpool and beyond. Signed to acclaimed ‘modern classical’ label Erased Tapes. Immix have presented over twenty five new collaborative works in Liverpool and beyond, working with a wide array of artists, from the leftfield songwriting of Stealing Sheep and Bill Ryder Jones to artists at the forefront of the British experimental music scene such as Vessel, Ex-Easter Island Head and most recently, Luke Abbott.

Sam Wiehl
Sam Wiehl is an artist, live event designer, film maker. Sam is a Director of the annual Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia which showcases experimental music and visual art bringing artists and audiences from all over the world. Wiehl has collaborated with Matthew Herbert, Chris Watson, Bill Drummond, Plaid, and artists on Warp Records, Triangle Records and Domino Records, with commissions from Loop Berlin, Unsound Festival, Tate Britain, Liverpool Biennial, FutureEverything, AND Festival, and Supersonic Festival. He is a member of Triangle Records' Forest Swords and runs two record labels.

Dialect
Dialect is Liverpool's Andrew PM Hunt, coming to prominence through alternative pop group Outfit, he shifted towards his signature textural soundscapes in 2015. In 2016 he released Advanced Myth through Tasty Morsels, followed by Gowanus Drifts on acclaimed label 1080p inspired by the Brooklyn neighbourhood of the same name. In early 2018 ‘Loose Blooms’ was released by Forest Swords’ label Dense Truth. Hunt will join Immix Ensemble, as their 2018 composer in residence to present a series of works for electronics and traditional instrumentation.

Andy Votel
Andy Votel is an electronic musician, producer, DJ, curator, record label owner and an all-round ever present figure on the UK left-field music scene. In 1997, he set up Twisted Nerve Records with Damon Gough (AKA Badly Drawn Boy), followed by the inimitable Finders keepers in ’99 as well as Bird and Pre-Cert Home Entertainment. Votel will be creating a sound installation to surround the live performances at Kosmologie Ancienne.

 

Josh T. Pearson (solo)

  Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

 
 

We are thrilled to have Josh T. Pearson play a very special solo show as part of the Mute takeover at Sea Change.

Though he’s been a recording artist for over two decades now, and has been writing songs for thirty years, Josh T. Pearson hasn’t racked up much of a discography thus far, at least in terms of the number of albums he’s released. But then, those two albums – 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, by his group Lift To Experience, and his 2011 solo debut Last Of The Country Gentlemen – contained more substance and inspiration than most artists’ entire careers. The former was a cosmic, apocalyptic allegorical fantasy that saw Pearson try to come to terms with his faith and his intense upbringing; the latter was an agonizing, powerfully confessional account of the collapse of his marriage. You can’t rush material like that.

His new LP The Straight Hits! is joyful, giddy, life-affirming stuff and feels like one of those albums we'll be playing for a long old while.

 

Lost Horizons

Currently celebrating 20 years piloting the revered record label Bella Union, Simon Raymonde has scaled another personal peak, a new collaboration with drummer Richie Thomas. They’re called Lost Horizons, and though neither of them have strictly been lost, their stunning debut album, Ojalá, is a rare sighting of two gifted musicians who, for different reasons, have been largely absent from music-making for the last 20 years.

A shimmering, expansive album that finds beauty in melancholy
— GQ
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Yet the record is proof of a telepathic relationship through music, established when they first became collaborators and friends in the eighties.

The pair booked just four days in an east London studio, with Raymonde on piano and Thomas on drums, and a simple plan: “It must feel like fun, never a chore, and it had to be improvised,” Raymonde explains. "If it never became a record, it didn’t matter. It was all about recapturing that feeling when you’re 15, making music with friends."

Ojalá was made for its core duo’s need to make music, and to create something beautiful, and meaningful, in these dark times - which is why the record is named after the Spanish for “hopefully” (or “God willing”).

We are hugely excited to see the live incarnation of the brilliant record as part of the Bella Union showcase.

Chris Carter

 

* The Quietus and Mute Records Present

As a founding member of Throbbing Gristle alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter ‘Sleazy’
Christopherson and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Chris Carter has had a significant role in
the development of electronic music - a journey which has continued through his releases
as one half of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti and a third of Carter Tutti Void - as well as
with his own solo and collaborative releases.

Chris returned this year with his first solo release in 17 years called Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume One.  It's a real masterclass in tones, atmospherically it's really stunning. Twenty-five short tracks that all create different spells. Hugely excited to have one of the most innovative UK electronic music producers join us at Sea Change.


 

…simultaneously looks back over its shoulder and glares straight into the eye of the
future
— The Wire

The Weather Station

Late last year, Toronto songwriter Tamara Lindeman released her forth studio album as The Weather Station. Self-titled and self-produced, it is an amazing collection of songs from one of the most arresting voices about.

“I wanted to make a rock and roll record,” Lindeman explains, “but one that sounded how I wanted it to sound, which of course is nothing like rock and roll.” The result is a spirited, frequently topical tour de force that declares its understated feminist politics, and its ambitious new sonic directions, from its first moments. 

We're pinching ourselves that she's bringing her amazing live show to Totnes for Sea Change.

Timeless… Measured, perceptive storytelling. A singer with an unmistakable & communicative voice, able to convey hope & hurt with equal clarity.
— Pitchfork
 
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Andrew Weatherall

Photograph by Alex Zalewska

 

When we first started the festival (well, dreamt it up) back in 2015, it was a collection of thoughts, albums and post it notes. The one that was first stuck to the wall simply said "ANDREW WEATHERALL".

It is with huge personal gratification that in only our third edition we are able to bring Andrew Weatherall to Totnes for Sea Change, undoubtedly one of the most thrilling DJs we've ever had the pleasure to witness.

 

Hatis Noit

 
 

We are extremely proud to welcome Hatis Noit to Sea Change as part of the 2018 Erased Tapes showcase.

Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit will release her enigmatic EP Illogical Dance via Erased Tapes worldwide on 23rd March 2018. The arresting 4-track record creates unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western Classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambience atmosphere. Illogical Dance also features Björk-collaborators Matmos, who were so impressed with Hatis Noit’s recordings, they volunteered to edit the lead track Illogical Lullaby.

Hailing from the distant Shiretoko, a small town in Hokkaido, which is the largest island in north Japan, Hatis Noit’s accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught, inspired by everything she could find from Gagaku — Japanese classical music — and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists. 

The human voice is our oldest, most primal yet most powerful instrument. I use it to describe nature’s many sounds, a language that isn’t logical. Yet it forms a beautiful conversation that isn’t restricted to words like the human language is. I want my music to remind us of that.
— Hatis Noit
 

Ex-Easter Island Head

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Repetition and rumbling resonances bringing to mind Rhys Chatham’s seminal works with tone and John Cage’s rhythmic sensibilities
— Pitchfork
 

*The Quietus Present

Ex-Easter Island Head are a UK-based musical collective composing and performing music for solid-body electric guitar, percussion and other instruments. Primarily performing as a trio, the group incorporate multiple electric guitars augmented through mechanical preparations and extended techniques to create works that explore group interplay, repetition and melodic invention through purposefully limited means.

Krautrock shapes, hypnotic repetitions and pure euphoria coming out of drones, we're very thrilled indeed to have the band join us for Sea Change 2018.

 
 

Virginia Wing

 
 

Forming in early 2012, Manchester (via London) based duo Virginia Wing is Alice Merida Richards (Vocals, Synths, Organ) and Samuel Pillay (Synths, guitar, noises, bass).

This June sees the duo return with their new LP Ecstatic Arrow, recorded in Switzerland, in the family home of longtime friend and collaborator Misha Hering within the domesticity and gentle routine of communal life. Three albums in they sound like a band who have utter confidence in their sound and that is pretty stunning. 
 

 
Virginia Wing are not from the sedate school of dream-pop escapism…a hazy subversion of the traditional monochrome evocations of post-punk, a photo negative of an established form
— The Quietus
 
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The Surfing Magazines

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The Surfing Magazines are a garage rock supergroup. The band contains one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures. Dominic Brider, who has played with many local bands and is an extremely groovy dude, completes the line-up on drums. The principle influences of the band are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. The Surfing Magazines intend to rock out and blow your mind, and then to mellow out and soothe your mind, and then to rock out again. Listening to their music is like riding a rock and roll rollercoaster. They are at war with today's pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires and bongo pop demigods.

The Surfing Magazines are the real deal. The Surfing Magazines have got soul. They hope that their music will get you to dance.

Delighted to welcome the band to Totnes under the Moshi Moshi curation.

 
 

Sweet Baboo

 
 

Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the north Wales countryside and a single-minded, idiosyncratic singer. Black possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating.

Seven albums and four EP's over the last decade, as well as  playing on albums with Cate Le Bon, Slow Club and H. Hawkline, Black has been a regular part of the touring line-up for all three bands. He has also performed with and produced Euros Childs, The Pictish Trail, The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Islet and Spencer McGarry Season and collaborated onstage and in the studio with Gruff Rhys.

Nothing is as glorious as Welsh psychedelia and Mr. Black is one of the finest.

 
 
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Daniel Blumberg

Over the last 5 years Daniel Blumberg has been primarily working within the radical community of musicians centred around London’s Cafe Oto.

Still only 27 years old, Blumberg has written himself a rich musical history; from his teenage band who signed to XL whilst he was still at school, onto and through the projects of Yuck, Oupa and Hebronix, whilst solidifying close creative partnerships with the likes of David Berman (Silver Jews), Low, Lambchop and Royal Trux’s Neil Michael Hagerty (with whom Blumberg has performed as a member of the Howling Hex).

Daniel Blumberg announces his debut album release for Mute, Minus, on 4 May 2018, the first release under his own name. An astonishing work, the record weds an improvisational, free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting, rooted deep in the personal turmoil Blumberg experienced whilst making the record. 

We're hyped to have him play it live as part of our Mute showcase in our Church Venue at Sea Change.

 
 
 
 

Hater

Hater are Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson. They make blissfully dreamy guitar pop and had us absolutely hooked from the very first time we heard them.

 
 Photogrpah by Ludvig Hedlund

Photogrpah by Ludvig Hedlund


Among those to declare themselves fans were the band’s heroes in The Radio Dept. who asked them to open for them on their first Scandinavian tour in five years. Hater have quickly established themselves as Sweden’s most exciting new indie act, offering up a sound that’s both instantly accessible and grows with every listen.

We are delighted to have them join us in Totnes for Sea Change as part of the Fire Records Showcase.

 

Red River Dialect

  Photogrpah: Hannah Rose Whittle

Photogrpah: Hannah Rose Whittle

Returning to Totnes for the second time, we're delighted to celebrate Red River Dialect's new album - Broken Stay Open Sky, released on the immaculate Paradise of Bachelors label - with a full band live show.

The London-based, Cornwall-bred band brings a windswept energy and daylight to a contemplative, gorgeously rendered suite of songs about inhabiting the landscape, and our bodies, in joy and pain alike. Informed by songwriter David Morris’s spiritual practice, and recorded largely live in the studio, this is the band’s most ambitious and emotionally affecting work to date: atmospheric but deeply rooted, equally concerned with investigating the concrete and the cosmic, both quiet details of the everyday and looming matters of faith.

 
 
 

Snapped Ankles

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They came from the trees. Now settled in fertile east London, Snapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin. We were absolutely thrilled last year by the The Best Light Is The Last Light EP and the following Come Play The Trees album (both on the Leaf Label). Genuinely different music made with passion, joy and seemingly a lot of fun. 

Snapped Ankles will play a special wild showcase as part of The Quietus third tenure at Sea Change.

As gentrification strangles our public life and culture, the fightback can be found in fecund hedges and crevices across the country. This new weird Britain is going to win, and it sounds great.
— The Quietus
 
 
 
Their set is the wide-eyed optimism of youth with a knack for great pop hooks which they smear with psych fuzz. Their tracks are like your favourite sweets with shards of broken glass embedded in them, the potential of which is just screaming out for attention.
— Line Of Best Fit

Penelope Isles

Hailing from the Isle of Man via Brighton, Penelope Isles is the collaboration of brother and sister Jack and Lily Wolter.

We were given a huge tip off on these guys and we're thrilled that Sea Change gets to be part of the early story here,  as this is pretty special stuff.

The band mix waves of ambient delays and fuzz guitar noise, sonic dynamics and melodic pop hooks entwined with girl-boy harmonies. Their self-produced home recordings portray an honest lo-fi approach in capturing their own music. Their live set is hypnotic, captivating and moving, smeared with glistening psych, dreamlike chimes and potency that will transfix and satisfy.

Penelope Isles are currently recording their debut LP at the Bella Union Studios in Brighton and will join us as part of the Bella Union showcase.

Boy Azooga

The Boy Azooga story encompasses both Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon and playing triangle for the National Youth Orchestra Of Wales. But this only brings us to the margins of a musical map that also includes The Beach Boys, Nigerian funk, krautrock and 1940s British noir fiction.

We were lucky enough to see them last summer and they knocked us sideways... a proper young, exciting and hugely talented band, soaked deep in the magical waters of Welsh pop and psychadelia.

Hugely excited to have them play as part of the Heavenly Recordings family.

 

Group Listening

We were blown away, early this year, by this beautiful and evocative music.

Group Listening is a new project by Stephen Black and Paul Jones. Their debut is a set of selected ambient works arranged for clarinet and piano. It recalls the likes of Brian Eno, Arthur Russell, Euros Childs and Robert Wyatt.

Having met at Music College, Stephen and Paul went separate ways creatively. Stephen delved into pop, recording albums and touring extensively under the guise of Sweet Baboo, while working with Cate Le Bon, H. Hawkline and others. Paul leaned into the piano, pursuing a career as a jazz pianist and experimental musician. He played with Keith Tippett, formed the Jones O’Connor group, performed with noise improv bands and composed orchestral and chamber music.

Reconnecting years later, the pair discovered that their music tastes, bizarrely, met in the middle; they have a shared love of The Beach Boys, Ghost Box Records, Messiaen and Angela Morley. They both like ambient and new age music, bubblegum pop, Artie Shaw, Moondog and the outsider music handbook Songs in the Key of Z.

Like Virginia Astley or Simon Jeffes, Group Listening tread the overlap between classical and experimental music.

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  Photogrpah: Laura McCluskey

Photogrpah: Laura McCluskey

Charles Watson

Charles Watson is a London based songwriter/producer/writer and member of indie duo Slow Club and garage-rock super group The Surfing Magazines.

A former writing student of Central St Martins and The Faber Academy, Watson uses his own fiction writing as a spring board for his lyrics, a method he has used for his previous records. His new solo LP - No Fanfare ("a sprawling opus stuffed with quirky synthwork and iridescent brass" - The Line of Best Fit) - takes inspiration from the reoccurring themes and language of the JG Ballard novel 'Hello America'. The track was co-produced by Watson with longtime collaborator David Glover at Tesla Studios in Sheffield and features a hand-picked band, including Guillemot's Fyfe Dangerfield and Hot Club De Paris' Paul Rafferty. 

Charles is in town flying the flag for Moshi Moshi as part of their weekend celebrations.