Wednesday 24 November 2021, 7.30pm

Yuko Araki & Daisy Dickinson + Dear Laika + Florilegio (DJ)

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Excited to present Tokyo-based composer, Yuko Araki, with visuals from artist and director, Daisy Dickinson.

Yuko Araki

Yuko Araki is one of a number of young female artists emerging from Japan that are redefining the outer boundaries of noise, post-industrial techno and experimental electronics.

Raised as a pianist, Araki’s teenage obsession with metal opened a gateway towards various types of intense sonics. Exploring a range of diverse music projects over the past decade (KUUNATIC, Concierto de la Familia), her solo work resolved in 2019 after she developed an approach to freeform analog noise, releasing her first EP “I” via Indonesian label Gerpfast Kolektif and her debut album “II” via Italian label Commando Vanessa. Working with a reductive set of tools, her methodology was to create work that created a sense of timbral density and complexity through a weaving together of competing elements.

In April 2021 Australian label Room 40 releases “End Of Trilogy”: the new album pushes this approach outward, taking in almost Kosmiche sensibilities, creating a sound that glints with the unsteady radiation of a dissolving pulsar. The album is an offering of competing states of tension and release. It merges polychromatic pulses against waves of sheering noise and uneasy ruptures of sound.

End Of Trilogy is a record of unpredictable momentum and tempered ferocity. Even at its most intense. Yuko Araki’s work maintains a sense of playfulness, and a determination not to succumb to mere sonic nihilism. Drawing on techniques borrowed from 70s prog-rock and even free jazz, she dissolves expectation and in the process reveals an utterly personal approach to noise and experimental electronics.

End Of Trilogy is not merely a conclusion, but rather an interrogation of what comes next.

Daisy Dickinson

Daisy Dickinson is a London-based director/visual artist whose work involves experimental short film, music video, projected installation and live visual performance. She is one half of audio/visual collaboration ‘Adrena Adrena’ with drummer E-da Kazuhisa (Boredoms, Seefeel) as well as working on AV shows with other artists such as Samuel Kerridge & Taylor Burch, Yuko Araki, Snapped Ankles, Toy, Grimm Grimm, Seefeel and the HAHA Sounds Collective. Dickinson’s visuals have been described as ‘magmatic and sulphurous, cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality on it’.

Her shorts films have been screened at festivals such as The BFI London Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, among others and her installation work has shown at venues such as the ICA, The Tate Modern, Shepards Bush Empire and Village Underground in London, CERN in Geneva and Kraftwerk in Berlin, as well as completing audio-visual tours across the UK, Europe, Japan and Taiwan.

Dear Laika

Dear Laika is Isabelle Thorn, a 23-year-old musician from the North Wessex Downs making pop music about (among other things) dreams, time, love, loneliness, and being transgender. Having grown up singing in church choirs and listening to classical music, those influences can still be heard in Izzy’s music now: the rich harmonies of composers such as Messiaen, Finzi and Ravel have left an indelible mark on her own writing, and she freely mutates samples of Bach and Beethoven beyond recognition. Blending both digital and analogue sounds together—Roland Juno 106, prepared piano, distorted field recordings and tape-warped vocals—her resulting work is both intimate and intricate, described in The Wire as "[Julia] Holter’s hybrid bedroom production meeting the hypnagogic synthpop of Games".

After a succession of self-released material, Dear Laika makes her label debut on NNA Tapes and Memorials of Distinction with "Pluperfect Mind" (29th October 2021). A consistent theme of the album is isolation, both from other people and from parts of herself, and the intention to overcome anxieties and reconnect. Pluperfect Mind also chronicles aspects of Izzy’s own transgender experience, from the painful tedium of waiting for hormone treatment to the elation of finally inhabiting a body that feels right. It captures the sense of being cast adrift between an uncomfortable past and an uncertain future, living outside of heteronormativity and caught in “queer time”. Izzy’s mercurial songwriting aims to suspend the perception of time, allowing the listener to inhabit an immersive half-lit world of mystical landscapes, volatile atmospheres and shifting rhythms.


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