The Arches and Highlife present
Fri 29 Jul 2011 | 10pm - 3am | £8 + bf
21 years old, living in New York, in the midst of his university education whilst making music and managing his own production company… Nicolas Jaar appears to have the world at his feet.
His name has been on the lips of those seeking alternative post-dubstep experimentalism for a while now, with first EP The Student out in 2008, and Time For Us creeping onto the dancefloors way before its release at the start of last year. But the release of debut album Space Is Only Noise seems to have finally sparked the beginning of the press hype proper – from the usual blogosphere suspects to BBC Music, Pitchfork and a whole myriad of articles in The Guardian.
Comparisons to the atmospherics of James Blake, Jamie Woon and Mount Kimbie are expected, and a little tired, but still essential; he channels the same respect for a beautifully sung line or snatch of melody, adding the kind of distorted vocal idiosyncracies Matthew Dear would be proud of to found sounds and occasionally glitchy electronics and satisfying drum beats, all sealed off from the external world by a sheen of silk-smooth production.
There’s also a definite nod to 20th century composers such as Satie and Cage in his use of dissonance and harmony – and an almost academic approach to experimentation with the two – but the result is anything but dry. As he told the Guardian last month, “everyone who goes to a club is heartbroken”, and, similar to Blake, it’s this Morrissey-esque anguish which drenches his electronics and so successfully creates his contained world.
His live show, which has already received rapturous praise from crowds at Fabric and Berlin’s Bar 25, immediately sets him apart from aforementioned comparisons. With Jaar on piano, vocals and electronics accompanied by drums, saxophone, keyboards and guitar, the limitations of the recorded tracks are opened up in what has been described by the band as “something akin to a wheel… We explore everything through the lens of a profound interest in human creativity.”
Support comes from Montreal-based 19-year-old electronic musician Valentin Stip, and Jaar’s set will be followed by a Highlife afterparty with special guests and unique production from local set designer Aoife McKim. Returning to Glasgow from the success of their beach party at this year’s Sonar festival, Highlife is brought to you by promoters Huntleys & Palmers and Brian D’Souza. Taking place bi-monthly, Highlife focuses on ‘future afro-beat’ sounds from the across the black Atlantic diaspora, treating Glaswegians to jackin’ music from unexpected corners of the planet. For a taste of what they offer, download their brand new mixtape for free or stream it below.
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Legendary international acts, cult festivals and the most exciting new bands collide at one of the city’s most eclectic live venues.
It’s perhaps natural that, as one of the nation’s most unusual live music venues, our programme spans rock, pop, indie, electronica, soul, jazz, country, metal, folk, and the many sub-genres inbetween. The unique atmosphere and space of the building means it’s often used for anything from intimate acoustic gigs to stage-diving, sweaty rammies and slick, spectacular international concerts.
Supporting the best examples of the known and the not-so-known, the Arches stage is host to everything from the latest stars of leftfield pop, such as Grimes and Chvrches, to alternative indie rock acts such as Peace and Yeasayer, prog and rock heroes such as The Fall, Swans and Dinosaur Jnr, and cutting edge electronic talent, from Rustie to James Blake.
We also regularly plays host to international legends – from Martha Reeves to Ben E. King to Jane Birkin – and provide the perfect multi-room setting for various festivals, from Celtic Connections to the Glasgow Jazz Festival. In 2012, the hallowed arches played hosted to the UK-wide Africa Express tour, featuring Damon Albarn, Baaba Maal and a trainload of world music stars, and in 2013, the building was transformed into a sonic Cineplex for our own co-curated cult event the Glasgow Music and Film Festival, featuring live film scores and AV sets from Jeff Mills, Dieter Moebius and Raime.
“A classical gig in the vaults of Scotland’s dance mecca might sound an odd prospect, but the Arches proved the perfect setting”
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