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The Present + Jackalope + Tom The Noisemonger @ The Tunnels, 7th December


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Sunday 7th December 2008

The Tunnels, Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen AB10 1BF. Phone 01224 211121

Doors 8.00pm

Tickets 5.50+bf in advance / 7 on door

Available from One-Up Records, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Phone (01224) 642662 or http://www.ticketweb.co.uk





The Present is the new music project of legendary New York musician and producer Rusty Santos (Panda Bear Person Pitch, Born Ruffians Red Yellow & Blue, Animal Collective Sung Tongs, plus Boredoms, Ariel Pink and Vashti Bunyan collaborator). Described by one band who worked with him as a hyper boy genius, Rusty has released four solo albums, always fixing his attention on producing music that is experimentally rich whilst remaining accessible.

With the band also including Jesse Lee (Gang Gang Dance) and Japanese musician Mina, debut album World I See extracts all the weird details you didn't even know you loved from the aforementioned albums and turns them into six songs that shift between spare piano twinkles, ambient noise experiments and hazy surf guitar. Recorded stream of consciousness style, the set up is guitar, piano and drums but doesnt sound traditional at all more cinematic, ambient, experimental and tribal whilst still striking an interesting balance between tangible parts and atmospherics.

"When I listen to the sounds and the songs the name and the webs of connections and opposites remain. I can hear light and dark high and low happy and sad synthetic and organic and on and on like that forever and that's a compliment to the production and the technique I would say. Most of all I like how I feel when I listen to the music." (Panda Bear, Animal Collective)

"This record is pure instinct with no attention paid to belonging. It is raw intellect and emotion. The Present is indeed both GIFT and NOW. Open your ears and your mind will follow. God Bless this record for teaching me that." (Brian Degraw, Gang Gang Dance)


Newly born, red eyed. Howling estate flashbacks from hedgerow emancipation. Muttered verse amid throats all doubling back on themselves in crackling striation. Cheapskate keys stagger, kids toys hide in radio static, constant rebirth in this tense era.

It sounds a bit like Cabaret Voltaire and Es trying to abduct DNTEL into a thrift store orchestra while Kraftwerk shout abuse from the side.



Experimental sound effects from another ex-Wasow / The Jinx noisemonger using guitars, keyboards, computer programs and small black boxes with knobs on.


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