LIVE AT THE CAMDEN CLUB PRESENTS: KAVUS TORABI, THE WITCHING TALE, HEATHER MCCLELLAND, JULIAN LOIDA

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KAVUS TORABI

Kavus Torabi is a British/ Iranian composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, author, artist, broadcaster and DJ. Since 2016 he has fronted legendary psychedelic band Gong with whom he is principal songwriter. He is a member of the semi-modular experimental/ psychedelic trio The Utopia Strong. He is a former guitarist of legendary British cult band, Cardiacs and avant rock instrumentalists Guapo. As part of a a DJ duo with Steve Davis, he has performed festivals throughout the UK, recently performing at Wembley Stadium between bands for Blur’s comeback performance. In 2021 White Rabbit published, Medical Grade Music, his memoir with Steve Davis which was Shindig’s music book of the year. In April 2024 his commissioned piece ‘Lion Of The Lord’s Elect’ will make its debut at Roadburn Festival, NE.

In 2020 he released his first solo album Hip To The Jag. The follow-up, ‘The Banishing’ will be released on May 3rd 2024.

THE WITCHING TALE

In The Witching Tale’s second studio album, ‘What Magic Is This?’, duo Katharine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes, Miranda Sex Garden) and Michael York (Current 93, Coil, The Utopia Strong, Teleplasmiste) concoct an intoxicating aural elixir that is equal parts menace and wonder. Lyrics on the album’s 9 tracks are Blake’s own and follow the arc of her interests and obsessions, making it a more personal outing than the first. York’s masterful meld of traditional and electronic instrumentation continues and expands upon the first album’s genre-defying signature sound. The opening track, ‘They Will Come’, blurs dreams and extraterrestrial visitations in what sounds like a guided meditation gone very wrong. “I had a dream where parasitic aliens came to earth but could only feed on us in our sleep,” explains Blake. More prophetic warning than imminent terror, the sci-fi horror subtext belies the song’s haunting beauty. In ‘Neverending’, York’s brightly animated, mercurial synthesiser is dappled starlight on a babbling brook, looping endlessly behind Blake’s musings on the perpetual circle of life. This metaphysical theme returns later in ‘Everlasting’, a more pensive treatment that makes a nod to both the Emerald Tablet of occult lore as well as a more scientific, fatalist cosmology.

Long a fan of the horror genre, Blake summons up scenes of ritual sacrifice at the altar of a fire goddess in ‘Within Her Flame’. Will the initiates be granted eternal youth in the flames, or simply become fuel for the pyre? (If the band have a mood board, the Red Woman in Game of Thrones is surely on it, along with Ursula Andress in the 60s horror classic ‘She’.) The same goddess hovers menacingly in the background of ‘Floralia’, its sunny chorus and playful pipes spiriting us through the rites of an ancient fertility cult – but how will it end? Echoes of Eno and Vangelis reverberate in the corners of songs like ‘Indigo’ and ‘Born In a Moment Again’. The former imagines the chants of a future post-apocalyptic society of blind people, while the latter is a dramatic reverie on time and possibility – and a sweeping centrepiece for the album.

Blake’s youngest daughter Rosa lends her treetop-high vocals to ‘MerriCall’, a folk horror nursery rhyme personifying the seasons (“Knowing that all things must die, Autumn sings a lullaby”). Sarah Kayte Foster, a former member of Blake’s musical collective Mediaeval Baebes, also provides lush backing vocals throughout. The title track closes ‘What Magic Is This?’, with Blake’s voice so lonely she could be an astronaut singing from orbit, or a witch whose broom flew too high. Looking down at the shared lives of humanity, she sees a fabric held together by threads of wonder and bewilderment. The hum in the background might be a satellite, or the distant music of the spheres. So much of The Witching Tale’s sound hovers in that ambiguous region of space. At times the low-key, haunting atmospherics evoke a forgotten, enchanted grotto – but is it beneath Tintagel or on some far-flung planet? Perhaps it’s simultaneously both, a portal that leads to both the distant past beneath us and a future in the void far above. An escape from the horrors and banalities of now as much as an invocation to somehow unhex them. You’ll have to cross that threshold to experience the magic therein. Just don’t step into the flames…

HEATHER MCCLELLAND

Occupying a space in between folk and electronica, singer-songwriter and neo-classical, Heather has been compared to artists such as Agnes Obel, Ane Brun and Daughter. Her songs are ethereal and haunting, featuring her uniquely pure-toned voice. Her debut EP ‘China Mind’ was produced by Taz Modi (Submotion Orchestra/Portico Quartet), and for her live set she is accompanied by a live band including backing vocals, strings and electronics. “Stark, haunting, a rare dark kind of beauty…we are now obsessed” (Sarah Gosling, BBC Radio)

JULIAN LOIDA

Julian Loida is a Boston-based folk percussionist, pianist, and composer and touring the UK to support his new record. After playing in folk bands for years, he began composing music for the vibraphone, piano, and voice. Julian’s music has Celtic, West-African, Minimalist, Songwriter, and French-Cinematic music. His work as songs and stories happen to be wordless; he loves engaging with his audience, bringing them into both his sound world and the stories that led to each piece from vulnerable heartbreak and family death to his synesthesia and hope filled muse.

Julian’s grandmother was an immigrant from Belfast and it wasn’t until she passed away that his career took off in the Boston celtic-folk scene. His grandmother lied about her age to marry his grandpa and start a family, it was only after nearly 50-years that he found out…though she brought to her grave an entire world. Julian is making a pilgrimage back to the UK with his music to share what stories he knows, doesn’t know, and wishes he knew.

Tickets £10.00 in advance/£12.00 at the door, Doors open at 7:30 pm, Full Menu and Bar Available

Date

Mar 01 2024
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Time

7:30 pm

Cost

11.55

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