Presented in association with Colston Hall
Lock down yr kitchen sink: the queen of the audaciously sculpted micro-song is here again with her wonderfully irregular Shapes, boldly crafting pop that’s new and fresh and bursting with NOISE.
Something exploded within UK music landfill the day Mica Levi garlanded us with Jewellery, the debut album from Micachu & The Shapes released by Rough Trade in 2009. It’s twentysomething minutes found M.A.T.H.E.S careering round a thrilling sonic scrapyard, gobbling their way through Fisher Price post-punk textures, soda streams of white noise and jagged spikes of singalong melody in ditties that barely scuffed the 3 min mark. There followed a collaboration album with London Sinfonietta called Chopped & Screwed (2011) that ingeniously poured Mica’s rowdy homebrew into a peculiar classical setting. Now Mica & co are back with their second album proper, Never, and it’s another spikily hummable gem that somehow angle-grinds the most demented sonic clutter into winning, bouncing, looping Joe Meekish songlets.
Then there’s the grimey mixtape hook-ups with Mica’s mate Kwes, the remixes for Konono No.1, Roots Manuva and The XX, and a live show that’s evermore playful, punkish and pogo-happy … Let’s face it, this is the only artist who will ever flirt with Wiley and Harry Partch in the same career-span. Do the M.A.T.H.E.S.
Bristol-raised Tom Wilson aka Freeze Puppy mixes classic songwriting with a decidedly adventurous spirit, producing a highly original and addictive form of home-produced pop music quite unlike any other you will have heard before. Freeze Puppy’s most recent release ‘Animation’, his most coherent, deliriously addictive song cluster thus far, was selected by Peter Brewis of the Mercury-nominated Field Music as one of his ten favourite albums of the decade.