Layla and I are pleased to have been invited to play the two-night Listen to the Voice of Fire festival, taking place in Aberystwyth between 15th and 16th of March. We’re particularly looking forward to this because it features sets from the elusive Johann Wlight (trading as itdreamedtome) and Alphane Moon (alias Our Glassie Azoth) – I’ll wax lyrical about those two below, but let me also say that we’re also looking forward to reuniting with our friends Bell Lungs (a very fine lathe cut 7″now available at that link) and Sharron Kraus, both of whom attended the 2017 Listen to the Voice of Fire symposium, which I have written about elsewhere. My old friends Ashtray Navigations are also on the bill, too, along with Kitchen Cynics and Laura Netz.
The flyer is below, and you can get tickets via Eventbrite here:
We’ll also be joining Sharron again at Bishop’s House in Sheffield on the 11th of May – flyer below, tickets available here.
Johann Wlight, alias itdreamedtome, has been a perennial favourite of mine since I encountered his music in the early 2000s, releasing his haunting Thee Gold ov a Thousand Mournings on my Larkfall label in 2005. A year later, he would vanish to New Zealand, and wash up in Wales a decade or so later. I wrote some reminiscences about that period on my old blog, and I was happy to discover that his latest release, A.Y. (2017) was as beautifully subtle and spectral as his earlier work – it’s rarely been far from our CD player (- a review was recently posted online by Peter Irish, here). Wlight’s music is truly ambient – hypnotic and immersive with intent listening, and all too fleeting and whisp-like when our attention is diverted.
Turning to Alphane Moon, a side project of Listen to the Voice of Fire convenor Dafydd Roberts, I first encountered them again in the mid 2000s via Experimenting with an Amen, their ‘split’ CD with Daf’s other project, Our Glassie Azoth. Both are heavy on Welsh folklore and alchemical history (Daf posessing a doctorate in the latter on the subject of English alchemical philosopher Thomas Vaughan). While I loved Our Glassie Azoth’s intense, complex, churning alchemical take on noise, Alphane Moon truly beguiled me with their haunted folk miniatures interspersing slabs of electronic noise and guitar experiments. Although Experimenting with an Amen is not online, their earlier LP is linked below. Enjoy!