Fri 2 Nov – LITTLE PENGUIN Chromosphere album launch and DAY OF THE DEAD party @ The Railway
Little Penguin are launching their new album – Chromosphere, released on on Hottwerk Records with performances from USRNM, Roshi Ft. Pars Radio, Little Penguin and Alien, and Hotterk DJs until 1am.
USRNM – USRNM (pronounced Username) is the latest project by sound artist and musician Stuart Bowditch. Where as his previous works have been focused on the real world, responding to location, local communities and the sounds of everyday objects, USRNM delves into the virtual world of the internet, technology and machines for its inspiration. The Instant Message EP derives all of its song titles from Instant Message speak, and whilst in themselves the titles have meaning, there is little value to be gained by reading into them; it is the music that should be the focus and not that which surrounds it. This mirrors Stuart’s frustration with online identities, personas and activities, where faces mean nothing, words are thrown away and the truth is hidden. Through USRNM he endeavours to seek out the positive from this world of darkness.
Instant Message EP by usrnm
Roshi Ft Pars Radio – Roshi featuring Pars Radio is the music project created around the beautiful individual interpretations of Iranian folk and original songs of Roshi Nasehi. The project features the electronic soundscapes/beats of Graham Dids (Gagarin, Nico, Pere Ubu etc etc) and has also included classical cello from Rachel Threlfal and experimental cello from Richard Thomas (NOW, The Hola, Arco). It’s an unusual sound world combining Roshi’s intimate singing style with Dids-Gagarin’s experimental electronic powers and at times haunting string layers to create a unique genre-crossing, ‘exotic, folktronica landscape.’ Born in Wales to Iranian parents, Roshi Nasehi is a singer-songwriter who presents her own evocative songs alongside sometimes quite radical interpretations of some of the Iranian songs she was brought up listening to. Her songs reflect her origins, influences and experiences in a personal and unique way accompanied by unusual piano or keyboard arrangements – they are reflective, melodic and quirky – her voice airy and tender but possessed of an inner power. When she interprets Iranian song it is in a personal style bringing a contemporary twist combined with an authentic understanding of context and language.
Little Penguin – Little Penguin is Graham Boosey of Southend on Sea, Essex. He started because he wanted to play at a new local electronica night, so he wrote some songs on his Game Boy Camera. Following experimentation through soundscapes, noise and drone, these are his subverted attempts to try and write nice songs. Graham’s favourite things are – Cheeseburgers, Pizza, New Age Music, Noise/Harsh Noise, his Wife and Dog, music releases on archaic formats and Wimpy’s (the restaurant). Contrary to what the name suggests he isn’t particularly fussed on Penguins and is a bit chubby.
Buy the album from here.
Alien – Is Leigh on Sea based electronica musician Alastair Johnson. ‘Alien engages in otherworldly drum & bass antics, relentless breakbeat sound collages, subterranean acid jazz, and exotic space stylings. On an extremely well-produced disc, Johnson performs all of the music except for a single saxophone exposition by Craig Mumford and some slide guitar by Miss Olga Brooks. Reminiscent of Alex Patterson’s work with the Orb, Alien takes the listener on a percussive ride straight to the heart of modern British techno-psychedelia that holds up well under repeated listenings. With bubbling synthesizers, subliminal drum programs, and acrobatic rhythm discourses, Johnson shows off his fertile, futuristic imagination on this entertaining release’ – Mitch Myers.
Doors open at 8pm, entry by donation.
DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY
2 x bands (The Freaks returning to the Railway for the second time in a matter of weeks, and The Four Barons), a burlesque chanteuse and some “day of the dead” based spoken word poetry – all complimented by some spooky DJ’s playing alternative tunes.
The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd, Southend.