Wednesday 13 April 2022, 8pm
London-based ensemble Bas Jan return with a new expanded line-up and their second album ‘Baby U Know’. Released on Lost Map in January 2022, it is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2018 debut album Yes I Jan, which was hailed for its “messy majesty” (9/10, Uncut) and “beautifully fractured art-pop” (★★★★, Mojo). Bas Jan were co founded in 2015 by Serafina Steer, Sarah Anderson and Jenny Moore. The band now features Emma Smith (Jarv Is, Meilyr Jones, Seamus Fogarty and founder member of the Elysian Quartet) on violin and bass, Rachel Horwood (Trash Kit, Bamboo, Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business) on drums, Charlie Stock (The Irrepressibles) on electric violin and Steer on keys and bass . Yes I Jan was followed in 2018 with the release of the Instant Nostalgia EP, and shows around the UK and Europe, highlights include touring with DRINKS (Cate Le Bon + Tim Presley), Wassermusick Festival in Berlin, Green Man, Doune the Rabbit Hole, End of the Road, a live broadcast from The Serpentine Gallery for BBC Radio3’s Late Junction as well as three live sessions with BBC6’s Marc Riley.
Bas Jan is a musically collaborative group with lyrics by Serafina Steer. Steer is a vocalist, harpist, bassist and keyboard player who has released four critically-acclaimed solo albums – the latest of which The Mind Is a Trap came out in 2019. The previous solo album ‘The Moths Are Real’ (Stolen Recordings 2012) was produced by Jarvis Cocker who remains a regular collaborator. Bas Jan’s Emma Smith and Steer developed material and perform live as part of his ongoing project Jarv Is, the debut album of which- Beyond the Pale - was released in 2020 (Rough Trade). She has appeared both live and on record with musicians including Lone Taxidermist, Capitol K, Chromehoof, Hannah Peel, Sean O’Hagan, Rozi Plain, John T. Gast, Patrick Wolf, Tunng and John Foxx.
Yama Warashi is the vision of Yoshino Shigihara, a Japanese musician and visual artist whose past projects include cult favourites Zun Zun Egui (Bella Union), of which she was a co-founder. Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz and tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia, Yama Warashi’s songs are lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical; the band name translates from Shigihara’s native tongue as “small childlike mountain spirit”.
“Liltingly folky and malevolently unhinged” – LOUD AND QUIET
"Mixes experimental rock with Japanese folklore to create a mesmeric sound" - CMU APPROVED