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DEERHOOF + YAMA WARASHI
August 21 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Monday 21 August
Lafayette, 11 Goods Way, London, N1C 4DP
7.30pm | £18 | Tickets: https://link.dice.fm/Ef612b08c524
DEERHOOF have continually quested for daring storytelling and radical sounds over their nineteen boundless albums, as experimental as they are pop. Deerhoof’s most recent album ‘Miracle Level’(out now on Joyful Noise), is also their first to be recorded and mixed in a recording studio. Not because they had tired of their anarchic sound but because they wanted to open their secretive DIY comfort zone up to something new and uncomfortable. Our research has not turned up many examples of a DIY band waiting 28 years to entrust their record to a proper producer.
‘Miracle-Level’ is an avant-garde, anti-fascist carnival, its spicy surprises whispered conspiratorially and lit by candlelight. Sit down, let me tell you a story celebrating the infinite small wonders of existence…the miracles that spontaneously present themselves when we’re not distracted by the tribalism and manipulation of our death-driven masters…the miracles that Artificial Intelligence will never replicate. Deerhoof speak in a secret code in which hooks abound, the genre is nonexistent, and magic ever awaits us.
YAMA WARASHI is the vision of Yoshino Shigihara, a Japanese musician and visual artist whose past projects include cult favourites Zun Zun Egui (Bella Union), of which she was a co-founder. Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz and tribal African music and heavily saturated in psychedelia, Yama Warashi’s songs are lyrically outlandish and charming, melodically addictive and mythical; the band name translates from Shigihara’s native tongue as “small childlike mountain spirit”. Yoshino’s new album ‘Crispy Moon’ displays a bigger sound and an understated but self-assured grandeur. You can hear it in the adorning strings that underpin Dou Dou Meguri’s outré pop or Makai No Keiyaku’s driving cacophony of Afrobeat rhythms and chiming synth-pop that stomps right through the middle of the record.