Darkstar

The Echo Presents

Darkstar

Patten, Tower

Fri, May 2, 2014

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Darkstar
Darkstar
Darkstar first coalesced in the underground, electronic thrum of London’s nascent grime and dubstep sphere in the middle 2000’s, growing from attending the now-fabled early FWD club nights to releasing a pair of game-changing 12” singles on Kode 9’s fledgling Hyperdub label. These were marked departures at the time, fusing unique sonic futurism with an avant-garde pop sensibility that immediately set the duo of Aiden Whalley and James Young apart from the glut of producers emerging at the time. What followed was a fitful and productive period culminating in a discarded album’s worth of tracks, the crucial introduction of vocalist James Buttery to the fold and, finally - the release of their debut full-length North, to wide acclaim.

After touring North across the globe, Buttery, Young and Whalley decamped to a house in the countryside of West Yorkshire, secluding themselves from the distractions of London and writing as a trio for the first time. Ultimately, News From Nowhere is a reflection of the time the spent together there. Eventually proceedings moved from the band’s makeshift digital studio in their house to producer Richard Formby’s (Sonic Boom/Hood/Wild Beasts) dusty studio enclave, full of tape machines and analog synthesizers. The songs that had been inspired by English prog-rock and obscure techno and created as loops based on the band’s affinity for hip-hop production (“literally everything from Lex Luger to Geoff Barrow”) grew into sublimely arranged works. In the end, the album arrived at an altogether singular existence, delving into the moments between moments and elevating them to epic, kaleidoscopic heights. So, the journey from Nowhere begins.
Patten
Patten
The game-changing ESTOILE NAIANT LP sees visionary musician patten step out of the shadows and into full focus as a British producer of impending resonance, fusing myriad forms in his otherworldly style. patten has already played in front of thousands at the Warp X Tate event soon after his sold-out London EP launch, with his US debut shows in NYC earlier this year. 2014 has seen him tearing up a 285 Kent closing party, a sold-out cavernous museum auditorium in Madrid, and everything in between, with his debut Japanese shows in Osaka & Tokyo in March. ESTOILE NAIANT is an incredibly wide-ranging work which is now opening new worlds up to listeners across the globe daily. Informed equally by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges’s evocative maze-like short stories, late nights at early FWD events, the open tunings of Sonic Youth’s chiming guitars, or brand new research in cognitive science, patten’s world is without boundaries or genre.

Live, performing with a full AV setup, including processed live guitar & vocals, custom video software and hi-tech electronics, the music is explored with the vibrant energy he has become renowned for, with Jane Eastlight’s ultra-modern visuals perfectly mirroring patten’s entrancing and opulent sound.
Tower
Tower
The debut feature from Toronto's Kazik Radwanski, Tower is a stylistically rigorous and captivating character study of Derek, a loner who still lives at home and seems unable to leave the world he's constructed around him. Having already garnered hype from screenings at Locarno, Telluride, and TIFF, we're happy to present it at this year's Sled Island.

Director's Bio: Kazik Radwanski was born in Toronto in 1985. He studied filmmaking at Ryerson University and co-founded the production company MDFF. His films screened at the Berlinale Shorts Competition for three consecutive years with Princess Margaret Blvd. (2008), Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009) and Green Canyons (2010). Tower is Radwanski's debut feature film.

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Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com