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Upcoming shows: The Handsome Family... Rainbrother... Man & The Echo... Meilyr Jones... Sam Coomes... Mark Eitzel... Irma Vep... King Salami & The Cumberland Three... Hurray for the Riff Raff... Alexis Taylor... Wedding... The Hidden Cameras... Sinkane... Itasca... Francois and The Atlas Mountains... Haley Bonar... Jens Lekman... BC Camplight... Pictish Trail... Jesca Hoop... Funke and the Two Tone Baby... Weyes Blood... Laetitia Sadier... The Unthanks... Xenia Rubinos... Happyness... Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron... Skinny Lister... Joan Shelley... James Leg + The Bonnevilles... Theme Park... C Duncan... Lowly... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen... Aldous Harding... The Besnard Lakes... Julie Byrne... Nikki Lane...

When: 7pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Laetitia Sadier, formerly of Stereolab, for the first time – with her Source Ensemble!


Another New Year, and new shapes are forming – if only we are fortunate enough to notice them! As we spin through this world, we are witness to all manner of combinations unfolding before us – familiar arcs and breaking waves alike, upon all of which it is our choice, our chance and our challenge, to possibly ride. Find Me Finding You, the new album from the new organisation called the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, manages to strike new chords while touching familiar keys in the song of life.

From its percolating opening beat, Find Me Finding You locates new systems within the sound-universe of Laetitia Sadier. When we hear synth lines diving, lifting and drifting, unusual guitar textures, the plucked sound of flat wound bass strings or the bottomless pulsing of bass pedals stepping out of the mix with an exquisite vibrancy, this is the sound of the Source Ensemble! This designation implies a new togetherness phase; alongside long-time collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz, keyboard and flutes parts played by David Thayer were essential contributions, as well as further keys, synths and electronics from Phil M FU and several intense guitar sequences from Mason le Long. The duet with Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor on Love Captive (not to mention Rob Mazurek’s distinctive coronet playing!) gives voice to an ideological cornerstone of Find Me Finding You – that, should we be responsible enough to endeavour into a world of basic incomes and open relationships, we would make astonishing strides as a society. These sorts of things can only be done in agreement with others.

The first single, Undying Love For Humanity, announces its immediacy with protracted rhythms and pronounced vocal expressions. Laetitia proclaims power to the people – now! It’s a call to arms for the public to recognise and exercise their strength for good, which is just what the world needs now at this moment in time. It doesn’t hurt that Undying Love For Humanity is catchy as hell, now does it?

Expressing great compassion and expectation, as well as an abiding belief in an underlying unity that permeates and intimately binds all things and beings, Find Me Finding You is set for release on 24 March.

Tour support comes from Batsch, an indie pop quartet based in the UK. Their smart, groove-oriented dance-pop takes nods from classic art rock like Talking Heads as well as modern contemporaries, such as Little Dragon and Dutch Uncles. All four members have toured extensively and recorded with other artists, including Laetitia Sadier, Marker Starling and Nicholas Krgovich. Batsch released their debut EP, Tiles, in October 2013 and its follow-up, also a five-track EP, Collar, in 2014. Their debut full length album Batch will be released 21 April on Tin Angel Records.

‘Agitated pop punch with a dark disco underbelly and artful vocals’

This show is a co-promotion with Comfortable on a Tightrope.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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