Into February we go and the glut of releases to wade through continues unabated. Next on our horizons are compellingly named Scots, Conquering Animal Sound, whose debut album is out on 7th Feb. I managed to catch these guys at the surprisingly excellent Shh! festival the other week, where their consummate mastery of lo-fi, loop filled electronica was one of the highlights of the day.
The duo’s record is equally impressive – singer Anneke Kampman sounds like a beguilingly Caledonian Bjork, her looped and layered vocals providing the perfect blanket for James Scott to stitch his lulling patchwork of blips, samples and sequences onto. Their sound is refreshingly unpolished too, you can hear the makeshift instruments jangle and clack and imagine them being recorded, lending the songs a pathos that envelops the sometimes ghostly atmospherics.
Catch these guys touring from today in a town near you and, if you’re in London, go and see them at the Slaughtered Lamb in Farringdon on the day of their album release. I’m sure it’ll be a pretty special show…
Conquering Animal Sound – Maschine
Photo is by Thomas Couderc