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Upcoming shows: Gratis: Seazoo... Sounds From The Other City 2020... Lindsay Munroe... Aoife O’Donovan... Joan Shelley... glowe... Milky Wimpshake... Born Ruffians... The Lovely Eggs... Angel Olsen – Leeds... Andy Shauf... Alice Boman... Dana Gavanski... Mr Ben & The Bens... Penguin Cafe... Erland Cooper... Peggy Sue... Smoke Fairies... Happyness... Douglas Dare... Joep Beving... Leif Vollebekk... The Lovely Eggs... The Dears... BC Camplight... Tokyo Police Club... The Handsome Family... Pictish Trail...

When: 7pm on Wednesday 12 February 2020
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Erased Tapes’ Shards for the first time!

Shards is the vocal-led project of singer, composer and producer Kieran Brunt. Having recently signed to Erased Tapes, Shards formed in 2016 when the Barbican were looking for a choir to collaborate with Nils Frahm for their Possibly Colliding festival. Building on the success of the performances, Nils Frahm invited Shards to perform on his breakthrough album All Melody. They have since appeared on records by Michael Price, Masayoshi Fujita, Luke Howard and more.

Since forming Shards, Brunt has been keen to present voices in a non-traditional way. Rather than aiming for seamless blends or absolute precision, he is interested in highlighting the differences between voices, exploring and celebrating their unique textures.

Shards’ debut full length will be a collection of short, sonic paintings, where each burst of colour adds to an overall picture of the emotional confusion of early adulthood: the uncertainty, the excitement, the terror and the relief. These pieces are about looking above, below and inside oneself, and about questioning our place in a world which is becoming more and more perplexing to comprehend.

Shards is Kieran Brunt, Lucy Cronin, Sarah Latto, Bethany Horak-Hallett, Kate Huggett, Chris Huggon, Jack Lawrence-Jones, Rose Martin, Augustus Perkins Ray, Oli Martin-Smith, Josephine Stephenson and Héloïse Werner.

Local support comes from One Little Atlas, or OLA. One Little Atlas are from Manchester, consisting of Dean Jones and Kevan Hardman. Their music is characterised by sweeping aural soundscapes, beat driven tracks, glistening guitars, skilled electronica and soaring vocals that brim with beauty. Starting back in 2013, they have since released an album, two EPs, and composed scores to films Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka in collaboration with Manchester collective Videojam. They have shared the live stage with Future Islands, Here We Go Magic, Sylvan Esso, Errors and Ulrich Schnauss among others.

The group’s original works also saw them perform soundtracks and commissions live at the RNCM, John Rylands Library and Whitworth Art Gallery. Taking an unusual path through the Manchester underground, One Little Atlas have been crafting cinematic and powerful live performances in 2019 which saw them perform for new audiences at Manchester International and Bluedot festivals. In 2020 they plan to tour in support of their next album, create a new soundtrack for photographer/filmmaker Paul Daly’s film Mirror With A Memory as well as a new work with contemporary dance duo Damae Dance.

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

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