Guest picks this month is from The Bristol Germ who launch their second issue with a live show on 24th March at Exchange.
Rejoice, dear friends! This document’s heroic crusade to enlighten the masses intensifies with the launch of Chapter II, headlined by local legend Oliver Wilde and his new, full band.
The fame-shy bedroom producer became an unlikely breakthrough act with 2013’s ‘A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears’, debuting an imaginative, singular brand of electronic folk (drawing on elements of found-sound and glitch music). Following this up with his heart-breaking album ‘Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb’ and then the urgent, electrifying ‘Post-Frenz Container Buzz’, Wilde’s career is laden with genuine masterpieces, dazzling and affecting at every turn. Everyone should see his music played by a full band.
On a personal note, his song ‘Perret’s Brook’ was also my first introduction to this city’s music, initiating a period of discovery which led to my first work in music-journalism. The Bristol Germ is one of many things that would never have happened without the inspiring, transformative power of Oliver Wilde’s music.
Chameleonic high-priest of the Bristol avant-garde MXLX will, rather poetically, be the main-support: readers of Chapter I may recall Wilde’s account of how seeing MXLX (then as Team Brick) crucially influenced him when he first moved here. Confrontational and bewildering, MXLX draws noise and industrial electronics into bizarre and electrifying new forms. Since releasing his masterpiece ‘Kicking Away At The Decrepit Walls…’, he has been on a long hiatus. As a figure of unparalleled importance to the past decade of Bristol’s experimental music, his return should not be slept on.
A dazzling force in Bristol’s experimental electronic music, Kayla Painter draws on strange rhythms and textures to weave an immersive world of her own. Her recent EP ‘Auriga’ is a captivating listen, dealing with themes around space and time, created quickly and released in newspapers. She will be performing her full AV show, accompanied by breathtaking visuals on diaphanous cinema screens. While some people dance at her gigs, some watch in slack-jawed awe and some simply lie on the ground, everyone at a Kayla Painter show is truly transported.