Upset The Rhythm presents…
Wednesday 5 April
The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London, N1 0XT
7.30pm | £6 | http://www.wegottickets.com/event/388344
MARY OCHER was born Mariya Ocheretianskaya in Moscow in 1986, she moved to Israel with her family at age four, then to Berlin at 20. In 2011 she caught the attention of the inimitable King Khan at a karaoke bar (he also lives in Berlin), and she recorded what's still her most recent full-length of new material, 2013's Eden, at his Moon Studios. He's not her only famous fan either: Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs contributed a quote to Ocher's press kit. "Mary Ocher gives me the chills," she says. "She frightens me with her feral soul. Her sound is of a true outsider artist, immaculately self-possessed". Her DIY roots and anything-goes aesthetic notwithstanding, Ocher is obviously too well-connected to qualify as an outsider. Ocher's songs are a diverse bunch ranging from ghostly noise, sad but jaunty piano ballads, frisky strumming, echoing ersatz funk to chintzy drum machine workouts with vacuum-cleaner synth. Ocher herself seems to have as many faces as a vaudeville performer: her multifarious singing leaps without warning from unhinged keening to warped drawling or from wobbly muttering to blustery declaiming. Forthcoming album, 'The West Against The People' has been produced with Faust's Hans Joachim Irmler and also features tracks with Ocher's drummers (duo Your Government) as well as collaborations with avant-garde legends Die Todliche Doris, Felix Kubin and Julia Kent of Rasputina/Antony and The Johnsons. It's out March 10 on krautrock label Klangbad.
BAMBOO is the sublime project from Nick Carlisle (of Peepholes, Don't Argue) and Rachel Horwood (of Trash Kit, Halo Halo). Their music is vivid and deeply poignant, locking into a magnetic attraction between Rachel's flawlessly resonant folk cadence and Nick's pristine synth pop production. Bamboo’s second studio album, The Dragon Flies Away, is due 26th May on Upset The Rhythm on LP, CD and digitally. Initially released last winter on a limited run of 50 cassettes with an accompanying zine designed by Horwood, The Dragon Flies Away tells a story loosely associated with the Hannya demon mask of Noh theatre plays such as Dojoji, and reflects the range of emotion the Hannya mask is capable of displaying: obsession, jealousy, sorrow and rage. ‘The Dragon Flies Away’ presents its story in two acts and is now presented newly re-mastered with a gatefold sleeve and lyric / artwork sheet. Horwood’s evocative paintings are given centre stage with the packaging, allowing the album's story to grow beyond sound, making the journey all the more immersive.
MOONBOW is the sonic brainchild of London multimedia artist Eleanor Hardwick. Growing up in the countryside on the peripheries of one of the UK’s many forgotten commuter towns, she channels themes of manmade dystopias’ invasion on natural spheres into her audio and visual artistic output. Such outputs served as a refuge from growing up in a place where not much happened and not many people connected with her - whilst cyberspace became both a platform for connecting with other lost souls, and a window into a world that she witnessed elsewhere was slowly politically and environmentally decaying. i-D described her songs as “taking influence from William Orbit-era Madonna guitar and Kate Bush vocals, brought right up to date with layers upon layers of synths and glitchy samples”.