Saturday 5 July 2014, 8pm
ROOM40 presents this double bill with a rare appearance from New Zealander Dean Roberts - an artist whose mercurial presence has manifested across the full spectrum of avant-praxis from his early NZ rock-informed improv/drone group Thela (Ecstatic Peace) and work under the White Winged Moth alias to his later group Autistic Daughters (with Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr and Valerio Tricoli producing), various recordings of cracked electronics and a lengthy stint as a member of the Tower Recordings in between all that. John Chantler will open the evening launching his new LP of modular electronics for the label 'Even Clean Hands Damage The Work'.
Dean Roberts is an artist whose mercurial presence has manifested across the full spectrum of avant-praxis kicking off with his early NZ rock-informed improv/drone group Thela (Ecstatic Peace) and work under the White Winged Moth alias. He performed and recorded regularly as a member of Tower Recordings (with Matt Valentine Erica Elder, Tim Barnes, PG Six and others) during a lengthy illicit stay in NYC. His later group Autistic Daughters (with Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr and Valerio Tricoli producing) are majestic examples of the possibility of detourned songform and rock dynamics. He has since continued those explorations whilst also making music for dance and installations.
"Be Mine Tonight is also Dean's first set of "songs", although these are slow, ached, bloodied documents. It's the long-awaited final record in the trilogy begun by Talk Talk's Laughing Stock and followed through by Bark Psychosis' Hex. If Laughing Stock made emotion rich and resonant, and Hex stripped away some of Laughing Stock's crescendos to reveal a burnt-out grotto, a map of urban decay and sonority that ultimately trades its surface dissent for a complete view of the compassion of the human spirit, Be Mine Tonight adumbrates a position somewhere between loss and stress, a skeletal remnant of Hex's helix. Be Mine Tonight attempts to both refine and resolve the implicit tension between structure and freedom; it turns songs into spectral and sepulchral things, and reinvests the song with a heart both unsteady and brave. Be Mine Tonight is rock music, caught somewhere between twilit world and everyday processional, drawn like curtain fabric so most of the cracks and tears in the cloth show." - Jon Dale (Dusted Magazine)
John Chantler is a musician and organiser living in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2016 Chantler released 'Which way to leave?’, his latest LP for Lawrence English’s ROOM40 label.
The self-reflexive sequencing that tracks the sub-harmonic series in the opening blast of 'Falling Forward' positions the record as Chantler's most explicitly melodic. These melodies however do not exist in a mono-dimensional vacuum, rather they co-exist in a meshed framework of dynamic timbral layers.
The record’s abrupt cuts, deft variations of density and unexpected diversions are happily explored with headlong dives into ravishing texture and extended stretches of surface stasis. The music draws on a domestic reimagining of the traditions of studio based electronic music/musique concrete and 20th century minimalism and delivers this with brash revitalized energy.
This new LP follows ‘Still Light, Outside’ an extended suite that combines passages of stark minimalism centred at the bodily invasive extremes of the pipe organ’s register with striking explosions of colour; massed chords shot through with heavy distortion and electronics that operate according to their own dream logic. It was described as ‘strikingly beautiful’ by The Guardian.