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BLUE PRESENTS: KYŌGEN 'I CRY' EP Launch w/Loose Articles on Thursday 4th November 2021
BLUE Presents: A very special intimate evening with KYŌGEN to celebrate the launch of cassette-only debut EP, I CRY.
KYŌGEN is an experimental dream pop project from PINS bassist Kyoko Swan and producer Daniel Broomhall. A mix of swooning vocals, otherworldly guitars and restless urban beats the debut I CRY e.p. takes the spirit of the White Hotel’s avant garde scene and marries it to a timeless pop sensibility. Swan's yearning poetry wraps a heartfelt package pitched somewhere between melancholia and moonstruck soul.
The fruits of a lockdown collaboration shuttled back and forth across home studios, KYŌGEN might not be what you would expect from a Manchester girl band darling and a former techie for the Happy Mondays: a soaring affirmation of the emotions in a world losing touch with itself; an argument for the power of pop music to make new noises from old echoes in the heart; an assertion of the primacy of art in an underground culture turning its back on the city’s official cultural narrative.
Raw, ringing, lo-fi, diy, yet digitally smart. Perfectly modern yet in tune with the past. With an ear bent to the dub ambience and stuttering ket-beats of clubland's margins the four songs comprising KYŌGEN’s debut cassette-only release - I Cry, Ocean Man, Loneliness of Childhood and Unblown Roses – may not seem instant Manchester anthems but you’ll find no more authentic cultural responses coming from the street.
Avant garde? Avant covid? Avant what? Who knows. This is urban pop re-finding itself and dreaming up the future.
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