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Upcoming shows: Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Cat Clyde... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Dominie Hooper... Steve Wynn... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Chime School... The Courettes... Douglas Dare... Tusks... Rachael Lavelle... Roddy Woomble... John Francis Flynn... Old Sea Brigade... Myriam Gendron... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Pokey LaFarge... Admiral Fallow... Skinny Lister... The Sheepdogs... The Unthanks in Winter... Emily Barker...

When: 7.30pm on Thursday 11 May 2023
Where: Low Four Studio, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Manchester M3 4EN

PLEASE NOTE: Roddy will be playing two sets tonight – starting at 8.15pm. So please arrive early – doors open at 7.30pm.

We’re excited to be working with Roddy Woomble again – this time, at Low Four!

Roddy Woomble will play an intimate ‘evening with’ show in recording studio Low Four this May, accompanied by Andrew Wasylyk on keys and guitar.

Latest album Lo! Soul sees Woomble continue his unique and restless trajectory, gently stepping away from his previous acoustic/folk intentions in favour of a more explorative light, prevalent on 2020’s Everyday Sun EP, which featured largely spoken word pieces over an ambient, mediative soundtrack.

Produced and mixed by collaborator and Idlewild bandmate Andrew Mitchell (aka Andrew Wasylyk), Lo! Soul was recorded remotely between Roddy’s home in the Hebrides and Andrew’s studio in Dundee throughout 2020 while Scotland was locked down.

Roddy explains: ‘Andrew describes moments of the album as “dystopian-pop”, which I think is as good a description as any. Lockdown gave me the sense of a collective melancholy, a shared remoteness and isolation – that has been a guiding influence throughout all the songs. It is the most unusual record I have made, and made in the most unusual way.’

Across his twenty-five year career, Lo! Soul may well be Woomble’s most inventive, creative album to date. From undulating synths and ambient soundscapes in the abstract narratives of ‘Atlantic Photography’ and ‘Secret Show’, the sun-tinged horns of ‘Architecture in LA’, a mellifluous Mellotron or perhaps a piano chime. Here, the path is embedded with Roddy’s words delicately unearthing the known and never known.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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