Tuesday 3 December 2019, 7.30pm
“This is dream pop from another realm entirely” – The Skinny on Yama Warashi
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”.
“Liltingly folky and malevolently unhinged” – LOUD AND QUIET
"Mixes experimental rock with Japanese folklore to create a mesmeric sound" - CMU APPROVED
A divine band of Freak musicians summoned by an Ainu in disguise create a new surreal and hypnotic music full of strange exotic beauty, with tales of ancient spirits and enchanted Earth, mixing traditional Japanese music and Shinto sounds, Eleki style guitars, pulsing rhythms and modern psychedelia. With Kina Suttsu, Space explorer from the Jyomon world (voice, sax, guitar) Phil MFU (guitar, synth) E-da Kazuhisa (drums) Susumu Mukai (bass)
SKYLLA is the project of composer and bassist Ruth Goller – featuring herself on bass guitar and vocals, as well as outstanding UK vocalists Lauren Kinsella and Alice Grant. All three are based in London, with Ruth herself originating from the mountains of the Dolomites. Their music takes inspirations all the way from Eastern European folk song, to Free Jazz, to ‘Joyce’ – with bewitching compositions, featuring bass guitar harmonics sparkling underneath other-worldly three-part song. ‘Skylla’ takes after the mythical three-headed sea monster of the same name, in that their music is both mysterious and sometimes dangerous – in its own intimate and unique way.