Slip and Thirty Three Thirty Three presents:
Joe Snape: ‘Joyrobix’ + Laurie & Suze: ‘Coop’ + O YAMA O
Raggedy pop-ache and gunk games, and whispered dreams as British label Slip team up with 33-33.
Wednesday 17th April, 7:30pm-11pm, £8 advance / £10 OTD – Tickets HERE
Joe Snape: ‘Joyrobix’
‘Joyrobix’ is the live version of Brummy-abroad Joe Snape’s flooring return to Slip: a suite of nimble, polychrome post-pop songs. Born of a complicated move to the US in 2015, Joyrobix pays weird homage to a musical America that doesn’t quite exist. Part soft-rock guitars, part gospel grooves, part Broadway aria, this is music that’s resolutely strange and oddly familiar at once.
Arranged for chamber trio (Jethro Cooke: electric guitar, electronics; Louise Snape: trumpet & vocals) and set to a collection of ten absurdist films directed with Swiss artist Leonie Brandner, Joyrobix explodes Snape’s musical language into newly colourful territory. Come for the weirdness, stay for the world-weary fun.
Fluid Radio – “with music as joyous and beautiful as this, it’s hard not to listen without a smile on your face”
The Guardian – “organised, disorganised fun”
George Lewis of AACM – “some seriously unartful shit”
Laurie & Suze: ‘Coop’
Laurie Tompkins & Suze Whaites co-direct Slip; a home to rogue hybrids of improvised, composed, and electronic musics. Led alongside fellow artist Tom Rose, the pair’s musical and visual contributions to the label have helped shape its distinctive aesthetic.
‘Coop’ is the pair’s first substantial audiovisual project to date, succeeding performances together at New York’s National Sawdust, Manchester’s Caustic Coastal, Berlin’s Reflektor Festival, Halmstad’s Harp Art Lab, and London’s Café OTO and V&A.
The piece promises a meshing of Tompkins’ sonic negotiations of pop cultural trauma, ritual self-abasement, and gunky funk, with Whaites’ illusive video renderings of the alien, microscopic, and fleshy.
The Quietus – “tracks that resemble surreal playground games as much as they do compositions”
O YAMA O
O YAMA O explores a certain domestic and democratic quality of everyday life, born through associations to folk music of Japan and a folding of myth, tradition, and routine; the non-spectacular and the sublime.
Formed of musician and artist Rie Nakajima and Cafe OTO co-founder Keiko Yamamoto, the group has performed since 2014 at venues and festivals such as noshowspace, Ikon Gallery, Wysing Arts Centre, Supernormal, Borealis Festival, Mayhem, and allEars Festival.
Nakajima’s performance often focuses on the use of found and kinetic objects, using modest items such as rice bowls, toys, clockwork, balloons and small motors as instruments to create a “micro orchestra”. Elements are layered into impressive and immersive atmospheres. Yamamoto alternatively floats and charges through this with body and voice; chanting, incanting, thundering, whispering, stamping on the floor.
Their debut album consolidates their musical conversations into keenly paced studio music, the duo working with additional instrumentation and a resolved focus on melody to provide vivid portraits of folkloric Japan in song.
They move between pop and the philosophical, defined by the overall space afforded to texture and movement. In small, delicate sound an intimate musical climate is established that reflects on life, telling stories of improvised clockwork, whispered dreams, small movements of the hand and the rhythm to be found in the shuffle of a deck of cards.