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Decorum Present Nlf3, Boxcar Aldous Huxley, And Alexander Thomas

Thu 4 June 2009 // 20:00

(Thu 4th / 8pm)


Formed in Paris in 2000, NLF3 create music is cyclical, textured, halfway between movie scores and psychedelic transgression. The band cites influences such as Alice Coltrane, Fela Kuti, This Heat, Can and the early Sonic Youth while mixing a lot of electronics together with a wide variety of instruments: amplified kalimba, electric guitars and bass, drums, percussions, vocals. They share a pool of principles and constructions with their cousins Battles or Animal Collective, (both of whom the group have toured with). The mix of live and looped elements spreads and shunts sounds across an extreme stereo field.

"This three piece at the forefront of the Paris music scene take an exploratory approach to playing and real-time sampling. This mesmeric, meandering music recalls a Radiohead seduced by the idea of live improvisation." (The Guardian)
"Like a kitsch This Heat, they merge grooves and improvisatory trimmings, making a playful exploration of junked instruments… The NLF3 (trio) manage to filter their prime influences into a unique sound of their own, a highly sensitive approach of the very essence of tone, texture and rhythm. Few groups are so consistently interesting." (The Wire)


Boxcar Aldous Huxley

Boxcar Aldous Huxley are an old-time band of players, comprising of banjo, harmonium, euphonium, trombone, clarinet and drums. Their songs speak of failed revolution in 19th century Canada, the apocryphal necrophilia of painter and muse, and related matters. They are available for film soundtracks, funerals, and will gladly write you a campaign song to aid your run for high office, in exchange for cold hard cash, or liquor. The liquor need not be cold, though it should still be hard.


Alexander Thomas

Bristolian Thereminist and dapper dresser. Quickly bypassing the B-movie clichés of the instrument, he builds up a sensual series of sonic constructions that are alternately scouring and beautiful.