Tujiko Noriko (JAP), Lawrence English (QLD), His Last Bow (WA)
Tuesday 7 Dec 2010
The Bakery, Perth
Following releases on the infamous Mego label, Japan’s Tujiko Noriko has captured imaginations with her wildly esoteric songs. An electronic chanteuse of the highest order, she has carved out a unique sonic universe in which beautifully melodic passages collide with eruptions of digital abrasion and disarmingly coy wordplay.
On her most recent album ‘U’, Tujiko Noriko strikes out at a new sound, rich in deep bass, pulsing rhythms and emotive hot flushes of harmony. Pitchfork remarked of the album, “…magic …it rests right at the nexus point of song and sculpture, pop and experiment”. Inspired by the success of U, Noriko travels to Australia and is joined for the first time in Perth with Australian collaborator Lawrence English.
Lawrence English is media artist, composer and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches including live performance, installation and found sound/vision to create works that generate subtle transformation of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.
His Last Bow (Rachael Dease + Tristen Parr)
Known best for their work in art-rock outfit Schvendes, Tristen and Rachael are also prolific writers and performers for various projects including dance, film, theatre and installations. When they can, they like to strip it back to where it all started.
“It was minimal, dramatic and textured, and the pleasure it yielded was of the kind you get from staring at the back of a car seat and slowly realising that the pattern and colour of the seat cover is making you feel really warm” Matt Giles