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port-royal (Genoa, Italy) + Ten + Sumisu-mi @ Peacock Visual Arts, 24 Oct


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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Peacock Visual Arts, 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ. Phone (01224) 639539

Doors 8pm

Tickets 6+bf in adv / 8 on door

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






Hailed by fans and critics alike as the next evolution in post-millennial post-rock, port-royal's boundless, sandbox approach to the genre fuses elements of ambient techno, shoegaze, and melodic IDM, recalling at times the mid-90s output of Orbital and Aphex Twin while indebted to the guitar-driven aesthetic of genre fore-bearers Mogwai and Sigur Ros.

In early 2009, port-royal inked a deal with Oakland-based n5MD to release their third full-length album, Dying In Time. Excluding the 3-movement, slow-burning "Hermitage", the majority Dying In Time sees the band burying their contrapuntal guitar work under layers of gauzy synths, pulsing, 4-on-the-floor beats, and more prominent vocals on more than half the album. With tighter song structures and a new melodic focus, port-royal's latest effort manages to preserve the ethereal, dream-like quality of the band's previous work, while making room for the infectiously-catchy ambient pop of tracks like "Balding Generation (Losing Hair As We Lose Hopes)" and "Nights in Kiev."


"Dying In Time is a wondrous and uplifting slice of modern music. Lets not get bogged down in whether its post-rock, ambient, modern-classical or, indeed, some alien brand of trip-hop. Dying In Time possesses elements of all these genres, but blends them in such a way as they feel natural, that music has always sounded like this and possessed these qualities that inspire feelings of joy and wonder. - The Line Of Best Fit

If one can stand its brilliant cold without shivering, Dying In Time might be one of the most fulfilling records of the year. - XLR8R

If Afraid to Dance favours technique and production over the development of actual songs it nevertheless finds the band far enough ahead of most post-rock that they actually point towards new directions for the genre. - Coke Machine Glow

So it goes with port-royal, who were lumped by many into the post rock genre, even though their sound very, very rarely moves into something that would be called rock at all. If anything, the group is creating super-spectral ambient music. - Almost Cool




Ten is based in the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, and led by musician Dominic Deane. Ten is a mixture of ambient, instrumental and electronic sounds crafted together with the help of analogue keyboards, guitars, various delay pedals, Pro-tools and MSP MAX.



The enigmatic Andy Smith, aka Andy Da Kipp (ex-Mickel Mass), returns. Hes recruited some friends and we await with interest to see what they will do!

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