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When: 8pm on Thursday 19 February 2015
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

We’re excited to be working with Lydia Ainsworth for the first time.

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Composer, producer and singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own.

Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut Right From Real thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources – Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise to name just a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s previous work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric.

Lydia says: ‘As I listen to the finished album I am reminded of the immense comfort I felt in the obscurity of its destination. I became entranced by the evolving process that took shape within those invisible tactile walls of tradition. Whether I was sampling instruments, writing lyrics, incorporating lyrics by my pen pal Matthew, recording multiple arrangements for each song – stripping them down – building them back up – I was guided only by a relentless instinctive urge to express what I could not in waking life. The songs approach dreams, thoughts, and inspirations that demand a search for the unknown, a search for something beyond what the five senses can offer.’

‘Like a fever–dream of Julia Holter merging with Grimes, Ainsworth’s future visions weave neoclassical flourishes and enchanted melody-mangles into cool 80s sound–beds, and it sounds fantastic’ – Dazed

Support comes from London-based duo Jupiter-C. Tru Luv described their music as comprising ‘all manner of electronics and live instrumentation, beautifully topped off with sultry, breathy vocals’.

This show is a co-promotion with Now Wave.

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

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