Canadian psychedelic, electronic dance quintet DOOMSQUAD are set to bring their desert party back toEurope this November with a run of live dates, including a headline show at London’s Waiting Room on 9th November:
Friday 4th November – Iceland Airwaves Festival
Tuesday 8th November – Café Video, Ghent, Belgium Wednesday 9th November – The Waiting Room, London (tickets)
Thursday 10th November – Oakford Social Club, Reading
Sunday 13th November – The Old Pint Pot, Manchester Monday 14th November – Komedia Studio, Brighton
Tuesday 15th November – Het Depot – Leuven, Belgium w/ Peaches (tickets)
Wednesday 16th November – Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany (tickets)
Thursday 17th November – P8, Karlsruhe, Germany
Friday 18th November – TBC, Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday 19th November – TBC, Leipzig, Germany
Sunday 20th November – Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 22nd November – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday 23rd November – Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
United by their love of rhythm and exploration, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve has also reworked Doomsquad’sPyramids on Mars, listen below:
Having formed in 2012 siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas soon began to explore trance and electronic beat making. Their shared fascination with dance culture, rhythm, and the unknown, along with their lifelong immersion in the arts, began to manifest as a collective ethos. Before long, DOOMSQUAD had mushroomed into a full-scale art project.
Inspired by some of their favourite artists — Georges Bataille, Richard Tuttle, Tanya Tagaq, and Genesis P-Orridge — DOOMSQUAD travelled to the New Mexican desert to write and record Total Time, creating dark, pulsating beats interspersed with hypnotic, incantatory jams. Upon returning home the band continued to draw inspiration from the Toronto arts community, their friendships and connections led to some fortuitous collaborations, including one with Canadian avant-garde legend, Mary Margaret O’Hara, whose otherworldly vocals grace ‘The Very Large Array.’ The driving, dirty bass lines and analogue layers of effects come care of Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck), who produced and mixed the album.
The record features a number of other contributors: Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up plays guitar. Industrial noise experimenter David Foster aka HUREN offers vocals on ‘Russian Gaze.’ Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia of free-jazz duo Not the Wind, Not the Flag bring instrumentals. And galactic twins Josh and Jesse Hasko, who perform as North America, are also a crucial part of Total Time and are now members of DOOMSQUAD’s live act.
Today Brooklyn experimental pop band Pavo Pavo—whose stunning debut album Young Narrator in the Breakers will be released on November 11th, 2016 through Bella Union—are pleased to share the video for track “Ran Ran Run” Via BULLETT
The video offers a striking and artful display of whimsy through a series of staged scenarios. It’s wondrous and aesthetic, an effortless compliment to the airy resonance of the track. Vocalist Eliza Bagg elaborates: “‘Ran Ran Run’ is a song about the joys and sorrows of growing up, the awareness of impermanence and change — “time is a hole in my waterbed”! In the video we pass through some kind of portal into a completely manufactured reality — a space that is intense but also playful, full of stark contrasts and extremes (of color, texture, mood). We’re somewhere between children and adults, literally dressing up, playing, play-acting, trying on the guises of who me might be. Actually a theme throughout this record is that the whole prospect of becoming an adult involves a little bit of fantasy — reaching for a possible world or possible self, and aiming for magic, for something over the top, fantastical.”
The band started writing together while studying music at Yale University and since then its members have worked closely with indie and classical heavyweights such as Here We Go Magic, John Zorn, Dave Longstreth, Porches, Olga Bell, Lucius, Roomful of Teeth, and San Fermin. Hailed by Stereogum as “weightless pop music that sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future”, Pavo Pavo is a mind meld of five songwriters with a shared vision for creating new, expressive worlds of sound while using meticulous ears to evoke the feeling of bygone eras.
Pavo Pavo is Eliza Bagg on violin, synthesizers, and voice, Oliver Hill on guitars, synthesizers, and voice, Nolan Green on guitars and voice, Austin Vaughn on drums, and Ian Romer on bass. The group borrows its name from the southern constellation, Pavo, Latin for peacock – an elegant and spectacular link of cosmic dust.
Co-produced by Danny Molad (Lucius) and Sam Cohen (Yellowbirds, Apollo Sunshine), Pavo Pavo’s music moves with symphonic elegance. Guitar stabs, washed out harmonies, and rumbling synthesizers come and go like the tides of the ocean. The music on Young Narrator in the Breakers describes the magic and panic of adult life; a breaker is that wave whose potential energy is being transformed into turbulent kinetic energy.