Three acts, neighbours in music but from different reaches of the pacific, come together for a night of ambient dream pop and audible landscapes. Join us on the first day of autumn, to say hi to the season of mist and fruitfulness.
Combining contrasting backgrounds in singer-songwriter folk and electronic music, Hemm's music mixes heartful lyrics with experimental beats, putting a refreshing spin on the local music scene. Vibrating icicles pierce through vast oceans of sound, but somehow a pop song emerges from the perfectly organised chaos.
Happy Axe is multi-instrumentalist and musical polymath Emma Kelly. Happy Axe weaves layers of vocals, violin and musical saw into a vibrant fever dream of ambient pop music. Watching a performance by Happy Axe is a hypnotic experience. Deft melodies and atmospheric loops cascade and fold themselves around you. Entrancing patterns form and then dissolve.
Inspired equally by the organic sonic landscapes of artists like Björk and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and the brooding string-laden film scores of David Lynch and Hollywood noir, Happy Axe builds sound-worlds filled with both light and shadow.
Kota Yamauchi is from Kyoto, Japan. He uses electric guitar as prepared guitar and as a sound source for experimental soundscapes that create audible scenery. Kota has released a cassette called "In the Sento" on the independent cassette label "hoge tapes" in Kyoto, which was recorded live in a traditional Japanese bath house. He has just returned from his 2018 Europe tour where he performed in in Paris, Dortmund, Berlin, Brussels and Copenhagen. This is a special opportunity to catch him while he is here in Melbourne.