Mon 8 Aug 2011 | 7.30pm | £7 + bf
Despite being into Kanye West and the-Dream, Brooklyn-born Tom Krell – aka How To Dress Well – uses his own music to take lo-fi to the extreme.
Listening to his debut album Love Remains, it’s difficult at first to tell what he’s influenced by: a fug of falsetto and reverb, his androgynous, unplaceable vocals soak in layers of sonic mist like some kind of ghost karaoke. But, tying together the dubby warmth, underwater vocals and swollen bass drums are the pop melodies and tight beats he claims to adore. Channelling the spirit of 90s RnB jams (“It’s not a joke to me. Twisted by Keith Sweat is a fucking masterpiece”), Can’t See My Own Face comes to life with parts of Beyonce’s Crazy In Love, whilst earlier single Ecstasy With JoJo loops around one compelling line from Michael Jackson’s disco-infused Baby Be Mine: “and we can share this ecstasy”.
Having produced reworks of Beyonce and d’Eon, as well as a haunting ‘seance’ of Matthew Dear’s Slowdance, Love Remains was released in 2010 to a resounding 8.7 from Pitchfork and praise from the BBC, Guardian, Stereogum and Spin. His new EP Just Once features tracks off his first album re-recorded with an orchestra, as well as a new song, Suicide Dream 3. It’s available on vinyl from 21st July, along with a hand-written note from Tom – pushing the lo-fi cause one step further.
Passing on the ethereal torch, support comes from local electronic producer Falconry and hotly-tipped Canadian act Grimes. A musician and visual artist, she’s recently set the blogosphere alight with her lush, layered synth pop blessed with the sweetness of Nite Jewel, the compelling vocals of Kate Bush and the accessible experimentalism of d’Eon – with whom she has just released a split EP.
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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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