BN: Tree House, Viewfinder & Fruity Water + More TBA

May

03

Friday

TREE HOUSE (Tree House)

Tree House is the project of London-based Will Fortna. Due to the thin walls, uptight roommates, and lack of equipment in his Brooklyn apartment in 2015, Tree House began as a decidedly minimalist project. Tree Houses name is a nod to both Arthur Russell, an early and enduring influence, and the aforementioned windowless loft space where Fortna taught himself how to sample drums and play the keyboard, composing using headphones, keyboards and hushed vocals. Over time, Fortna has developed a less constrained approach, reflecting the eclecticism of his musical interests, from Pharoah Sanders to Chairlift; Mulatu Astatke to David Byrne.

Into the Ocean, a 2017 debut six-track EP, non-chronologically catalogues Tree Houses evolution, and 'Water Fountain' is perhaps the culmination of Tree House's development to date, featuring members of the live band for the first time on record. Its spacey, groovy verses give way to breezy ambient passages, only to return to foot-tapping danceability. Fortna's voice is clear and sweet, rhythmically inviting us to "take a deeper step into the tide", before floating somewhere "away from time and space".

The rest of the EP traces Fortnas wide musical interests, from the warm afrobeat guitars of Warm Blue Feeling, to the interwoven string arrangements of the title track, written in the midst of an infatuation with 1970s New York minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Classical Symphony, the first song written under the name Tree House, evidences the projects early approach, where rhythm, harmony and instrumentation are stripped to their bare essentials, allowing Fortnas voice to softly glide over the top.

VIEWFINDER (Viewfinder o-I-<)

After disbanding his Edinburgh-based noise-rock band and dropping out of university, Joel Burton returned home to London disillusioned. Using cheap synths, an FX unit, and some multi-track cassettes as his compass, he set about re-discovering how to write songs with subtlety and meaning. The result is Viewfinders Born Ticking, a collection of home recordings that manage to seamlessly combine Joels love of alt-country, post-punk, minimalist classical, jazz and the golden eras of both 90s indie rockers and 60s songwriters.

The songs on Born Ticking come from a place of low energy and rootless inspiration. Joels free-associating lyrics wander from childhood memories to ruminations on dying, from interpersonal misfires to (mal)adjusting to adulthood, from struggles with self-love to finding unexpected beauty. The music is ambitiously constructed yet deeply human, managing to combine wilful imperfection with meticulously crafted composition. There is melancholy, sadness, and a rumbling undercurrent of anger yet creeping out of Born Tickings meditative tape-hiss is a profound sense of hope.

FRUITY WATER (Fruity Water)

Fruity Water are an electro dream pop 2 piece from Brighton. Last year saw the release of their debut album Thirst Takes, tracks from it received a load of BBC6Music spins from the likes of Radcliffe and Maconie, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq. Currently working on tunes for the second album, which they will be sampling on Saturday.

"I love this, heartily recommend" Mark Radcliffe

"The record is pure pop bonanza, and unadulterated playfulness. Its a wonderful world of sound that has no right to make a coherent, even listenable album, but not only is it just that: it sounds different, fresh and stimulating." Brighton's Finest

Accessibility Info:

- Bar accessible.
- Main stage area not accessible (up flight of stairs)
- Toilets not accessible (up flight of stairs)
- The performance area is a mixture of seating and standing. Please let us know if you require a seat
- No strobe lights during the evening.
- Assistance dogs are welcome.

Please message us with any questions / requests.

Tickets: 5 + bf fee advance (Resident Brighton / WeGotTickets). Will be more on the door.

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