28 Harrison Street, Kings Cross, London WC1h 8JF
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Mon 12 Oct 2015
“Just try not to like it – it’s actually impossible.” – Guardian
Moniker of Denmark songwriter Bjarke Bendtsen and the varying collection of musicians he cobbles together, The Migrant wanders through folkpop tunes with an elastic, psychedelic haze.
After two internationally recognized albums, Amerika (2011) and Beads (2013), new LP Flood douses with broader instrumentation and more power, while maintaining Bendtsen’s meditative and lulling high trill and hypnotic, fingerpicked guitar.
Traveling through the States Bendtsen fell in love with Austin, Texas and he’s been coming back to Austin regularly since then. While backed by fellow Copenhageners on his European tours he has a group of Austinites to back him in the States.
Overseas The Migrant has supported Kurt Vile and played SXSW and CMJ Festival and in Denmark lately supported Villagers, Wild Child and The White Album.
“Inventive, weighty pop music which dazzles, shimmers and glows exquisitely in the cold light of the day.” – Gold Flake Paint
Brighton based musician Kristin McClement has lived many lives before finding herself on the shores of Southern England.
Born in South Africa, the daughter of a Classics teacher and a carburetor repairman, Kristin spent her early years travelling through both arid and tropical lands as her family looked for work. Kristin moved to England aged thirteen and it was around this time that she picked up her first nylon string guitar and began writing songs. She caught the attention of the local folk scene while studying Fine Art in Brighton and after a handful of early performances was eagerly adopted by The Willkommen Collective (The Leisure Society, Eyes & No Eyes, Sons of Noel & Adrian, etc).
Kristin’s music is born of two separate worlds; the vast shape shifting landscape of her childhood South Africa engraved with the melancholic romance of old England’s sacred woodland, rivers and valleys.
Whilst studying Kristin met cellist Becca Mears (Peggy Sue, The Mariner’s Children, Eyes & No Eyes) and drummer/percussionist Tom Heather (Rachael Dadd, Sons of Noel & Adrian, Eyes & No Eyes). As former art school friends the group helped develop Kristin’s sound and their unorthodox ideas and approaches are a core element of the album.
The Wild Grips refers to our wild nature and Kristin’s reaction to it as a songwriter. Hidden behind the glance of every stranger lies the struggle to make sense of these troubling times. “What can we pull from the rubble of our modern world?” she asks. Her songs invoke a sense that there must be something more meaningful beyond the windows of our offices, shopping centres and rented houses. The album reflects a mood of displacement that comes from being adrift in an unwelcoming world. But there is also a call for help and a reach for hope. The acceptance of our fragile nature and the cycles of life and death are recurring themes. So too is the animal urge, our primal desires and an exploration of how unrequited love can lead to a path of obsession. What ultimately holds The Wild Grips together is its perspective – that nature is all powerful yet we will forever seek to defy it.
Produced by Christian Hardy of The Leisure Society, The Wild Grips is a wide-eyed rendering of modern folk song where the acoustic and the electronic rub alongside. Whilst making the album, Kristin and the band were influenced as much by artists like PJ Harvey and Portishead as they were by the ‘pure’ sounds of Leonard Cohen/Nico and Nick Drake. Essentially a collection of personal ballads, the songs connect closest with an audience already familiar with the history of alternative folk music but will hopefully ignite a broader appeal thanks to their powerful and thoughtful delivery.
Kristin has played to audiences throughout the UK and Europe and currently performs with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Julian Owen (Bunty, Spacenoid).
Pork Chop Suits – “Song of the day” (FOLK RADIO UK)
Mock Deer (Ricky Damiani) is a singer and songwriter based in London.
A self-taught musician with a unique playing and writing style, he has spent the majority of his life in the North of England and has re-immersed himself in the capital’s Alt-folk scene over recent years, playing shows for excellent local promoters including The Local, Folklore and Folkroom. He has also played in Germany with Fourtrack and The Grey Sky Sessions.
As well as writing original music for theatre and television and releasing a home recorded E.P. (“Cold and Bright”) his renewed involvement in the live music scene has seen him play shows supporting great acts such as The Burning Hell (Can) and Sam Brookes (UK) and at several UK festivals, including Festival N6, Ramsbottom Festival, The End Festival, Uncivilization Festival and Ymuno.
He recently went back into the studio with friends and collaborators Benjamin Yellowitz and members of Alt-country band Dead Flowers to record his next release (Due in April 2015). On the back of this Mock Deer will hit the road again in 2015 covering both the UK and Europe.