Another lovely evening at Norwich Arts Centre for this HARK Presents night, which had the added bonus of a rare set by LK who performed beautifully and dreamily for a perfect warm up in front of perfectly complementary moving images projected onto the back of the stage. Ethereal, atmospheric and spellbinding, it was a treat to hear.
Broads too played with some stunning projections and also a host of guest appearances, including Milly Hirst, Stacey Gow, Joe Bear and Christian Hubbard. The start of the set was quite electronic but built up as the guests came and went to include vocals, electric guitar, bass, and drums with some heavy rock-outs too. Incredibly varied and most enjoyable.
Thursday 15th February 2018
Pay What You Can Afford
Broads + LK
Broads are a Norwich-based 2-piece who merge programmed electronics, synth drones and gradually-unfolding melody into a delicate, spacious wall of sound. Their HARK show marks the launch of their fourth full-length release, Field Theory, which has been supported by Arts Council England and Norwich Arts Centre.
Bringing the band favourable comparisons to Mogwai, Boards of Canada and My Bloody Valentine, Field Theory is Broads’ most focused and carefully-executed release to date. Drawing on themes of repetition, drone and incremental builds, the 11 tracks on the album take in brooding, lazy synth swells (‘Toze’, ‘Lund’), motorik electronica (‘Tiamat’, ‘Let Me Take It From Here’) and slow-building, dynamic post-rock (‘The Lecht’) – as well as the occasional moment of driving synth/dream-pop bliss as evidenced on recent single ‘Climbs’ which features vocals by long-time collaborator Milly Hirst. Having previously shared stages with artists such as Plaid, Mercury Rev and Winter Villains, Broads cut across elegantly between genres and should not be missed by admirers of Grouper, Stereolab, Purity Ring, Max Hecker and Sylvan Esso.
For this show, Broads will be joined by Milly Hirst, Joe Bear (Alto45), Stacy Gow (Magoo) and Christian Hubbard (EPIA).
“It is music which seems to roll over you in waves, it builds slowly cocooning the listener in fuzzy warmth and claustrophobic loveliness. And whilst it does all of that it also feels like a defining moment for music. It feels as if barriers, which up until now have kept certain genres from socialising, have been crossed and trampled to dust. This feels not just an important musical step, this feels actually groundbreaking” (Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture)
www.broadsofnorfolk.bandcamp.com | @Broadsofnorfolk
LK weaves together atmospheric loop-based soundscapes with reality-melting vocals. Listen to her EP ‘LAND’
lkmusic.squarespace.com | @lkmakesmusic
At the end of this gig I dashed over to the Owl and was lucky enough to catch twenty minutes or so of Painted Heathers, a band who have grown on me a lot, in large part due to these two most recent gigs. The expanded line up has helped create a huge sound and style which is now their own. Very impressed. After this there was still time to catch some blues over the road where The Split Whiskers were half way through their second set for Fine City Blues at The Murderers.
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