HYPNOCRAFT Presents Adesuwa + 2001 (7” Vinyl Release) + Starchild & The New Romantic

2001, Starchild & The New Romantic

Fri, April 15, 2016

8:00 pm

Union Pool

Brooklyn, NY

$10.00 – $12.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Based in Brooklyn, NY HYPNOCRAFT is more than a promoter or presenter, nurturing an eclectic scope of artists and their projects, as well as helping them connect and grow in their musical and artistic communities. We also serve as a platform for creative collaboration, and act as producer and curator on interdisciplinary projects to create works bigger than a singular discipline, working in music, dance, film, video art.

HYPNOCRAFT
Based in Brooklyn, NY HYPNOCRAFT is more than a promoter or presenter, nurturing an eclectic scope of artists and their projects, as well as helping them connect and grow in their musical and artistic communities. We also serve as a platform for creative collaboration, and act as producer and curator on interdisciplinary projects to create works bigger than a singular discipline, working in music, dance, film, video art.
ADESUWA
The New York alternative artist, Adesuwa debuted her brand new EP ‘Air Light’ this February. The brilliant singer/ songwriter/ producer manages to anchor a hybrid of 80’s style, electronic soul-influenced music.

‘Air Light’ visits the old and new. The vocals provided by Adesuwa, brings nothing but an emotion-filled and awe-inspiring voice to synths flawlessly woven into the smooth drum beat co-produced by Adesuwa and Brad Williams. The EP takes you on a journey of unbridled love, desire, and spirituality. Adesuwa’s sensual organic voice merges with the electronic instrumentation quite perfectly. The musician describes Air Light as ‘waking up in a dream. A moment where all things felt are said, but never shouted, where the surreal is reality; the past and future combine in a place I can never find when I look, but always find myself in. Its my soul, its my trip.’
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Adesuwa exists in an ethereal space where songs matter, but gravity does not. Most of her musical creations were birthed in her bedroom at The Clubhouse, an artist collective she previously lived in, in South Brooklyn. Influenced by the likes of Portishead, Roberta Flack, Cocteau Twins, Beach House, and Al Green, she certainly has a flare for good taste in music.
2001
Many of 2001’s songs draw on inspiration from an unlikely source: the music of the Ba-Benzele Pygmy people from the Central African Republic. This ancient style of music filtered through the minds of two of Brooklyn’s most fiercely creative musical artists, Benjamin Lazar Davis and Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), yields pop songs informed by ideas that are centuries old.
Wasser and Lazar met each other after separate trips to Africa; Ethiopia for Wasser as part of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, and West Africa for Lazar to study traditional music. As fate would have it, they became fascinated with Pygmy music separately but simultaneously. “I fell in love with these cycles, played by one person alternating quickly between singing and playing the one note flute” Lazar says. “The music has a meditative quality that feels like it’s been happening for all of time and we immediately locked into it.” adds Wasser. This shared fascination for the cyclical patterns central to this musical style provided framework for a shared writing project and ultimately led to the formation of 2001.
In the studio, with guitarist Ryan Dugre, drummer Ian Chang and both Wasser and Lazar producing, singing and playing multiple instruments, the songs took on a whole new character. Framed within the parameters of pop music, 2001 pushes the boundaries of conventional instrumentation and rhythm. Using both acoustic and electronic sounds, they pit live strings, tremolo guitar, upright piano and live drums against bit-crushed sounds, synthesizers and drum machines. Rhythmically they integrate the mesmerizing polyrhythms of the Pygmies with elements of dance music and R&B; to create a sound that references some of humanity’s oldest music but is all together new.
Starchild & The New Romantic
Bryndon Cook, known as Starchild/Starchild and The New Romantic, isn’t the alien of the same nickname introduced on Parliament’s fourth album, but an alternative R&B; artist somewhere down that creative bloodline, closer in relation to Prince perhaps cousins with the likes of Sampha and Kelela. A singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Cook has been employed as a touring guitarist/keyboardist and vocalist for Solange and has worked beside Chairlift, Dev Hynes, and Kindness. In 2012, he released Night Music, a five-track EP, as a free download, and followed up with a handful of cuts scattered across the next couple years. In the meantime, Cook would assemble a band of fellow peers from SUNY Purchase for his live show. In 2014, he uploaded the aching ballad “All My Lovers” and premiered its video on the website of The Fader. By the end of the year, he contributed “Relax” to the soundtrack for Dear White People. “All My Lovers” was given an official release the following year on Ghostly International, who prepared the release Cook’s first proper EP, Crucial, available on iTunes Now! – Andy Kellman
Venue Information:
Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.union-pool.com/
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