Looking for some musical adventure to start your weekend well look no further, as always The Union Chapel’s Daylight Festival has something to sate your appetite kicking off at 12:30pm on Friday with Cellistica which comprises of Mark Jenkins on synths and electronics and Gabriella Swallow on cello with a sprinkling of guest vocalists for good measure. With the emotive qualities of Gabriella’s instrument and the futuristic science fiction sounds of Jenkins’ electronica what you have here is something that should sound inspired in the Chapel setting.
Saturday’s Daylight is presented courtesy of The Arctic Circle and sees the arrival of Paperplain (that is the performing that Helen goes by) at 17 she has a songwriting maturity that belies her years. Have a listen to her quirky acoustic numbers and her natural talent for wordplay, taking the everyday and gently fashioning it with gentle delivery into something quite special. She’ll be onstage at 12:30pm
Shifting gears a little at 1:15pm is Iris Garrelfs with her slow burning electronica, glitchy and nervy with its unsettled uses of found sound. Her material weaves glass like paths as part of your listening experience. Expect elements of the unexpected as she flies the flag for the electroacoustic genre.
The Slow Life follows at 1:45pm blending melancholy keening vocals with gentle splashes of guitar. They write songs with an accomplished air of yearning about them. Starting off in a very minimal space and before you know it you’re in the middle of an expansive soundscape. Excellent stuff.
Original image by Hugo Glenndinning