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Elizabete Balčus - Kamura Obscura - Lai Power on Friday 27th July 2018
ELIZABETE BALČUS [LV]
avant-garde pop / neo-psychedelia / electro-acoustic / flute loops / audio-visual performance art
Elizabete Balcus is a Latvian musician and actress who creates neo-psychedelic dream pop from surprising, collaged, genre juxtapositions that is simultaneously melodic and experimental. She works with a strong visual aesthetic that draws upon modern surrealism, contemporary fashion and geometric imagery.
Her new album 'Conarium' is like a eulogy for the subconsciousness; it searches into the deepest depths. The spirit of the album is weirdly theatrical, welding together free-jazz flute improvisations, unearthly voice, electronic beats, ancient sounds, elements of chamber music and magical secret glitches. One of the instruments she plays is a synthesizer which enables her to play fruit and vegetables as instruments. Live performances engage the audience with a psychedelic and theatrical situation that is as befuddling as it is mesmerizing.
“Cocteau Twins meets Bjork. Great arrangement and gorgeous vocals (song “The Hanging Garden”)” Vehlinggo.com
Japanese agit-femme vocalist and electricist. Former member of Frank Chickens and Mizutama Shobodan (Polka Dot Fire Brigade): first Japanese feminist punk band. Voice-modulated improvisation and eco-surrealist chansons are weaved into the bizarre world of the experimental.
Live review 02/03/2018
“Kamura’s various voices combine to create an indeterminate libretto in which bird song, ocean waves and white noise stand tall. …Synthesised melodies shift the atmosphere from B movie horror, past new age ambient and on to playful children’s song. ..”
Ilia Rogatchevski, The Wire, May 2018
Aspiring supertar DJ Lai Power hails from the motor city of Birmingham. Uploading echoes of Chicago/Detroit into your cyberbrain. Future sound from the ninth dimension. HI-NRG anti-capitalist dance music for the working class.
Music Genres: Alternative, Electronic, Pop, World Music
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