Inspired by the selkies of Scottish folklore: water-dwelling beasts who morph from seal to human upon landing ashore. Siren is the debut album by Sealionwoman: comprising a duo of vocals, doublebass and electronics.
The material on Sealion’s debut album Siren, released in October 2018, originally stemmed from a narrative live concert called ‘Selkie’, in which spectres of folklore, electronic drone and contemporary dance were intertwined to form a truly innovative live performance. This was performed at Brighton Fringe Festival and VAULT Festival in London.
Sealionwoman was formed by way of a fortuitous, chance meeting of Scottish-born jazz-influenced vocalist Kitty Whitelaw and double bass player Tye McGivern.
The stripped-down duo line-up of Sealionwoman coalesced around Whitelaw’s rich and beguiling vocal and McGivern’s atmospherically inventive approach to his instrument. A defiantly uncategorisable sound was born, equally informed by melancholic soundscapes, torch-song transgressions and rapturous drama. McGivern offers Bad Seeds-style atmospherics influenced by noir-jazz degenerates Morphine and a Colin Stetson-esque approach to minimalism. This is masterfully fused with Whitelaw’s theatrical inspired vocals, taking inspiration from iconoclastic vocal stylists like Beth Gibbons, Circuit Des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, and Sarah Vaughan. Siren is a work capable of luring any adventurous soul onto the rocks.
Chris Dowding (solo)
This solo project by Chris Dowding creates a soundscape of shifting melodies and hypnotic patterns. These pieces are formed from poems, translated into melodies using an alphabet system devised with the band Natural Causes. Previous performances have included St. Paul's Sessions in London and Electroacoustic Experiments in Brighton.
Albertine are a Norwich based collective performing improvised music.
Making use of pre-prepared minimal stimuli, the group create soundscapes which span a spectrum from fragile moments of beauty to cacophony.
Running time: 2 hours including an interval
Bookings: 01603 598646 / Online