Monday 7 March 2022, 8pm

Upset The Rhythm presents: CLEMENTINE VALENTINE (PURPLE PILGRIMS) + KINLAW

£12 £10 (DICE)

CLEMENTINE VALENTINE (aka Purple Pilgrims) are a psychic sisterhood of wistful wanderlust. The twin energies feeding this lush ceremonial dream-pop experiment are multi-instrumentalist, home producers Valentine and Clementine Nixon. Raised itinerantly in Hong Kong and on New Zealand’s South Island, with deep backgrounds in folk music (their great-grandfather Davie Stewart was recorded by Alan Lomax), the sisters adapted by devising their own telepathic inner worlds. After the Christchurch earthquake of 2011 leveled their home they migrated to the North Island, crashing with friends and sleeping in cars, eventually returning to China, where they began performing crouched sets of gauzy, angelic noise.

Subsequent tours of Europe and America alongside Yek Koo and Gary War helped hone their sprawling, choral haze into leaner, more mantric forms. The making of their most recent album Perfumed Earth, saw Purple Pilgrims return to the birthplace of their debut record, where the isolationist sisters assembled a community of collaborators (both in person and remotely) to weave together the 9 track record from their forest sanctuary. Out of this pastoral solitude was born an album a world unto itself. With appearances by Gary War, lauded Lorde keyboardist Jimmy Mac, as well as six-string expressionist Roy Montgomery, Perfumed Earth is an inspired fusing of creative touchstones to achieve a singular, stunning vision. Purple Pilgrims toured northern Europe and UK extensively in January and February 2020 and supported Aldous Harding and Weyes Blood in recent times.
https://www.purplepilgrims.net/

KINLAW is a composer, choreographer, and artist focusing on empathic potential and agency developed by performance through audio, dance, and sculptural installation. Known for solo works and productions with as many as two-hundred performers, she studies themes of power, memory, trauma, and connection. Her performances have been featured in institutions like MoMA and MoMA PS1, Pioneer Works, Mana Contemporary, National Sawdust, and Knockdown Center. Kinlaw released her first solo record in Fall 2020 with Bayonet Records.
http://www.kinlaw.co

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