Mount Kimbie, Holy Other, Vinyl Williams – Union Transfer May 31st
Mount Kimbie, Holy Other, Vinyl Williams – Union Transfer May 31st at Philadelphia.
Armed with found sound snips and a siege mentality, Kai and Dom set about turning London’s ambience into rhythm, its chaos into coherence. Traces of influence remain – the hard-earned spaces of Burial and The Bug vie with the berserk melodrama of Xiu Xiu and Grouper’s sad-eyed glow, D’Angelo’s pervert soul gets cleansed in the intimacy of Phil Elvrum’s Microphones, Angelo Badalamenti’s swollen ‘Twin Peaks’ atmospheres find a cradle in Madlib’s lax lope – but what emerges as ‘Mount Kimbie’ feels so pure in its of vision it’s surprising to learn its roots lead back to a trance club at the end of a pier in Bognor Regis.
It’s perhaps too easy to see the music Mount Kimbie make now as a retreat from both siren-strewn London mess and the rank, tyrannical mob empathy of Tiësto’s trance brain-sucks. What seems sure is that the sound of Mount Kimbie’s music reverberating around Sheiks’ main room come Friday night would blow many Bognor minds. This is music made in and for stranger, more private places: emerging from train journeys, “dimly lit garages full of hefty spiders” and the guest rooms of that old asylum, to exist… where, exactly?
In terms of attitude and approach, Mount Kimbie exist alongside those other auteurs in the vanguard of the post-dubstep diaspora – like Joy Orbison, Actress, Untold and Ikonika, Dom and Kai were drawn closer to UK clubland by the bass rearrangements seeping from nights like FWD> and DMZ. And like those other producers, their sound – their electronic response to the dubstep moment – is very much their own: sceneless; untethered from etiquette and genre codes. They float through dubstep and hip-hop, jazz, techno and ambient, post-rock, UK garage and film scores.
Following on from the release of his universally acclaimed debut EP With U in 2011, Holy Other is now ready to unveil his debut album Held, out August 28, 2012 via Tri Angle Records.
Working with the same blend of R&B, UK garage and house sounds that influenced the funereal pop sounds of With U, Holy Other found another significant influence during the making of Held in listening to and absorbing gregorian chant. This new found influence is most keenly felt in the monastic atmosphere that haunts sections of the album, as well as the ways in which holy other uses the voice in a way that sounds devotional and comforting in one instant, and unknowable and distant in another.
While it was never explicitly stated at the time of release, Holy Other opting to remain vague about the meaning behind the record, With U essentially chronicled the painful break down of a relationship. In comparison Held is about being confined to a relationship and the depth of emotions felt throughout its course. The muted euphoria of ‘Tense Past’ and the dramatic, brooding urgency of Love Some1, give way to sparser songs like ‘U Now’ and ‘Inpouring’ which sound like navigations through a foggy mind, culminating with the schizophrenic sensuality of the album’s title track and closing with the melancholic poignancy of ‘Nothing Here’, a song which perhaps best sums up the record as a whole. Held is both a lament to the fragility of human bonds and the desire for them to be tighter and longer lasting. Where With U was fuelled by a desperate urge to ‘feel something’, Held is possessed by a more resigned feeling, concluding with the acceptance that some bonds ultimately yield nothing.
LIONEL WILLIAMS (aka Vinyl Williams) is a Los Angeles based artist and musician. His collage art & psyche-pop music fuses vast landscapes, multi-religious symbolism, and the supernatural into a paradoxical whirlpool — mystical scenes of simultaneity.
Williams unites colour, lustre and vibrancy in his creations, as well as looking towards “tangibles of the intangible, sensory identity of the unidentifiable, poetic process (the opposite of mechanical process), phenomena of the mind, phenomena in general.”
Another influential factor is what Williams describes as his “religiously dissonant upbringing, growing up in the atmosphere of Utah and experiencing the mysteries of Mormonism.” a part of his life which has indubitably shaped his awareness and approach towards reality and his art.
Event Start Time: Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Ticket Price: $15.00
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Mount Kimbie, Holy Other, Vinyl Williams - Union Transfer May 31st
Event Category: Live Music
When: May 31, 2013
Where: Union Transfer
More Info: http://www.utphilly.com/event/234927?utm_source=MEL&utm_medium=28821