Sunday 26 April 2020, 2pm
Please note this is a matinee show - doors will open at 2pm and the performance will start shortly after.
London label and NTS Radio show Kit Records presents a matinee showcase, bringing together international artists Cara Stacey (South Africa) and Romeo Poirier (Belgium) for the first time.
Brussels-based musician, photographer and lifeguard Roméo Poirier (aka Swim Platførm), makes sleek, subaqueous electro-acoustic music. His debut SURFACES EP was a soundtrack to four of Roméo's favourite swimming pools. These songs glide in and out of earshot, bustling like miniature engines, finely tuned and rhythmically confounding. They echo the factory sampling work of YMO on Technodelic: industrial but somehow good-natured, a symbiosis of machinery and wildlife - like an artificial reef or propeller blades smothered in algae.
The gorgeous follow up tape, Plage Arrière, is an ode to eight Greek beaches. Poirier's palette here is vast: a swell of strings and electronics plunging fathoms deep amongst the clicks and whirrs of creatures unknown. For his third record on Kit and first vinyl release, Kystwerk, Roméo joins forces with the poet Lars Haga Raavand, on a sonic expedition that traces the serrated coastline of Norway and the briny depths of the North Sea.
Cara Stacey is a South African musician and researcher. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhoyane). Beyond her solo work, Cara collaborates with percussionist and drummer Sarathy Korwar in the project Pergola and is a member of the Cape Town-based Shh..Art Ensemble. Released through Kit in 2015, her debut album Things That Grow - featuring Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, Crewdson and Dan Leavers - was a dizzying fusion of traditional South African instrumentation, modern jazz and electronics.
Her second album, Ceder, sees Cara teaming up with the groundbreaking Peruvian flautist Camilo Ángeles. Recorded live over a day in Cape Town, Ceder presents a narrative in turns soothing, shrill, euphoric, dissonant, serene - unfurling like a labyrinthine soundtrack to some foreign planet; a landscape sparse, desolate, yet somehow teeming with life. Recommended if you like the hauntingly isolated Western soundtracks of Bruce Langhorne, Keith Jarret's serpentine piano playing or the fantastical terrains of Rashad Becker.