May & June 2015
Together with Manchester’s ACM, Sarah Hill, and the support of Sound and Music, we’re putting together a super fun and utterly poignant touring programme with new commissions of some of our favourite artists. It’ll feature new pieces by ACM founders Michael Cutting and Vitalija Glovackyte, alongside a fresh work by childhood hero Darren Joyce of Modified Toy Orchestra, to name but a few. All of these new compositions will happen in various dialogues with a monstrous hourlong piece called Fleck Flob Flop that I’ve been making this past year. Aesthetically, it’s like an explosion of the Brittle Love record from March, arranged for mixed four-piece ensemble, electronics, sound recordings, and live text projections. The band, photographed by Andy Sawyer, looks like this.
Our nine European dates in May and June – hopefully you can catch us somewhere along the way – look a lot like this:
For more info and tickets, click here and scroll down. In the meantime, there’s a morsel of other exciting news: a tour-only release of seven tracks from the project via Manchester’s stalwart Ono label. The disc will feature artwork by Ono’s Michael Holland, a track each by Michael and Vitalija, and a 5-piece suite of reimagined Fleck Flob Flop material. Here’s an early mix of the second of those five pieces, called Happiness.
If you want even more, you’ll find a series of essays about the project over at ACM’s part of the Internet; stick the kettle on and check them out. Finally, to the swathes of people involved so far: thank you! It’s going to be good, and without you it wouldn’t be happening.