Alexis Taylor has been announced as a DJ at the Tate Britain House Warming Party – a series of events celebrating the recent renovation and rehang at the gallery. Alexis plays two sets on November 23rd (19.15 – 20.00 then 20.45 – 21.30). Entry is free.
Alexis Taylor plays a one-off solo show this weekend at Dalston’s Vortex club (with the fantastic Scottish musician RM Hubbert on Nov 9th) and a gig with About Group supporting Brokeback as part of the London Jazz Festival (at the Lexington on Nov 22).
Alexis plays guest spots a couple of interesting shows next month. First, one with Fimber Bravo in Oxford on October 11th at the Pegasus Theatre, the following night as part of Faster than Sound/Aldeburgh Music’s night of Benjamin Britten inspired music with Green Gartside, Mara Carlyle, Anna Meredith, South London Ordnance, and Max de Wardener.
The good people at Oki-Ni have posted an exclusive hour-long mix by Alexis Taylor. Called Enlightenment, it’s the perfect musical accompaniment to bleached out summer days. Says Alexis: “I took Enlightenment as a loose theme – some of the tracks suggest spiritual enlightenment, or reflection upon our time alone on the earth; in others characters journey through drunkenness and sobriety, and it’s unclear whether or not there is any great moment of enlightenment – although it is clear that they certainly see things. Some are in search of a greater truth, or someone/some thing to help bear the weight of the world, and others travel on personal journeys of discovery about what matters and what does not in love.”
The full tracklisting for Englightenment is:
1. Jai Rama Chandra – Alice Coltrane
2. Enlightenment (El Saturn single version) – Sun Ra and his Astro-Galactic Infinity Akestra
3. Jesus’s Birthday – Alexis Taylor
4. Pink Elephants on Parade – Chorus and Orchestra (Dumbo Soundtrack)
5. Sleepy Time – Raymond Scott
6. Pray 4 Love – Moodymann
7. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker – Prince
8. Lovely How I Let My Mind Float – De La Soul feat. Biz Markie
9. Right Here (Teddy Riley Human Nature Remix) – SWV
10. It Didn’t Matter – The Style Council
11. Night After Night – David Sea
12. Who’s Gonna Take The Weight – Gangstarr
13. Brown Rice – Don Cherry
14. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground -Blind Willie Johnson
15. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – Odetta
16. Enlightenment – Sun Ra and his Arkestra (Jazz in Silhouette album version)
About Group have announced details of the first single taken from their forthcoming album. All Is Not Lost will be released on June 24th 2013. The album, Between The Walls, will be available on July 1st.
All Is Not Lost is a classic heartbreak ballad; hinting at a more modern r’n'b mode of writing, the strange but wonderful airlessness of such productions is replaced here with the electricity and liveliness of a straight to tape recording session, capturing the band in performance.
The accompanying video was directed by Swedish artist, Henrik Håkansson: “This film is a collage of projects that have recently been exhibited as single works, where bits and pieces are psyched together to create a visionary and open reading to words and music. The visions of my work use reflections of or by fragments in our surrounding environment, mirroring a personal statement on the state of our natural world today. In the end it is a shared vision of gain and loss.” You can watch the video here.
Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads.
Between The Walls will be available on CD (WIGCD292), LP (WIGLP292), DL (WIG292D) and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops, available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.
About Group is
Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now)
John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)
Between The Walls is About Group’s last album with Charles Hayward who now moves on to other projects.
About Group – the quartet of John Coxon, Charles Hayward, Alexis Taylor and Pat Thomas – have announced details of Between The Walls. Their third album will be released through Domino on July 1st.
Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads. ‘The balance between songwriting and free playing, and a lack of clarity about which mode we will be in for any given amount of time, is the key to About Group.’ Alexis Taylor
Between The Walls will be available on CD, LP, download and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops which will be available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.
The album features:
1 After Video
2 Walk On By
3 All Is Not Lost
5 Graph Paper
6 Make The World Laugh
7 Love Because
10 I Never Lock That Door
12 If You Can’t Love Me
About Group are Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip).
Alexis and friends will be spinning records in aid of Childhood First on Saturday 16th March at Life Bar (2-4 Old Street, London, EC1). DJing with Alexis on the night will be John Coxon (About Group, Spring Heeled Jack), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Susumu Mukai (Zongamin) and Guy Bolongaro – all for a great cause and, to add to that, there’s the possibly of a surprise live performance from a very special guest.
Never one to rest for too long, Alexis Taylor has been keeping himself busy with two new projects.
Firstly, Alexis sings on a Hot Chip produced track on the new Fimber Bravo album – you can hear it here. He plays a couple of dates as part of Fimber Bravo’s live band before heading out to the States for Hot Chip dates:
8th March: Heaven (supporting Jamie Lidell)
19th March: The Barfly (XFM X-posure Night where Alexis also supports)
5th May: Land of Kings Festival, Hackney
18th May: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
21st July: Latitude Festival
You can hear Fimber Bravo and Alexis on Radio 4′s Loose Ends this week – we’ll post an iPlayer link after broadcast.
Secondly, Alexis announces a single release as one half of Fainting by Numbers – a collaboration with German techno producer Justus Köhncke. They release a double a-side single ‘Watching the Wheels’/'A Stone in the Ground’ on April 15th (like the Fimber Bravo LP, this is also released on Moshi Moshi). Pitchfork described the single as “the perfect balance of longing and regret” – you can hear A Stone in the Ground here.
Alexis Taylor has released a solo EP. Nayim from the Halfway Line is described as “A real Terry Riley disco for the most discerning of listeners.” Check out a short teaser for the EP below.
UPDATE – Alexis’ solo EP is single of the week in French music bible Les Inrocks (using the Google translate button, we got this description that we loved: “…where toy robots have taken over where Prince slips into a vintage Mac, where IRCAM plays foosball against pop music“). Alexis was interviewed about the record for This is Fake DIY – read the piece here.