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Altmusic Presents: Richard Youngs

Altmusic Presents: Richard Youngs

Tuesday 12th October, 2010 5:07PM

Altmusic has almost come to the end of it's 2010 program with the last artist Richard Youngs hitting our shores at the end of the month.

Thursday 28 October - The Classic, Auckland w/ Alastair Galbraith
Saturday 30 October - Happy, Wellington w/ Claypipe & Our Love Will Destroy the World
Friday 5 November - Dunedin Public Art Gallery w / Alastair Galbraith
Saturday 6 November - Harbour Light, Christchurch w / Rachel Shearer & Velvet Hour

Tickets on sale now from HERE at Undertheradar.

You can check out a few tracks from Richard Youngs on youtube like "Sapphie" here from his 1998 release Oblique:

Press Release:

Richard Youngs is one of the most acclaimed, chameleon-like explorers of modern music, traversing a diverse set of distinctive and multi-instrumental forms that encompass avant-folk, psychedelic drone, progressive minimalism, lysergic pop, and rock concréte. The stark, unyielding minimalism of his piano-oriented 1990 debut, ‘Advent’, prompted The Wire’s Alan Licht to list it alongside works by Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Phil Niblock, and Tony Conrad as a revelatory favourite of rare minimalism, while Youngs’ subsequent and prolific collaborations with Simon Wickham-Smith as R!!!&S!!! are widely seen as opuses of mind-altering cosmic abstraction, with one critic describing them as ‘Throbbing Gristle reimagined as Zen garden desk accessory’.

From the carnivalesque kazoo-psych and warble of ‘New Angloid Sound’, the heartbreaking candour of ‘Sapphie’ - featuring just Youngs’ plaintive voice and a classical guitar, and likened to a hybrid of Galaxie 500 and Nick Drake - the desolate a cappella of ‘Summer Wanderers’ and gorgeous pastoralism of his collaboration with Tirath Singh Nirmala, to the ‘ecstatic house’ of 2009’s ‘Like A Neuron’, the intrepid, curveball pop of ‘Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits’, and the cyclical, stream-of-consciousness and hymnal ‘Under Stellar Stream’, Youngs’ music remains as evocatively beautiful as it is perennially mutable.

While recording with an array of various collaborators, including Jandek, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Neil Campbell of Astral Social Club, Alastair Galbraith, Matthew Bower of Sunroof, and Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple, and appearing on a slew of labels such as VHF (Jack Rose, Pelt, Aethenor, Sandra Bell) and Table of the Elements (John Cale, Fennesz, John Fahey, SunnO)))’s Stephen O’Malley, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Rhys Catham, Faust), Youngs has been reticent as a live performer, playing only a handful of occasions between 2006-2008, at Thurston Moore’s All Tomorrows Parties in 2006, and alongside Jandek and Heather Leigh Murray on European tours.

It is thus a rare and special opportunity to witness in person what Melody Maker has described as the ‘grand-meister of contemporary British improv, spiritual son of Eddie Prevost and Maddy Prior; gentle manipulator of English hymn-notics and religious incantations; protégé, challenger and radicaliser of folk, blues, rock, minimalism and improvisation’.

Thursday 28 October - The Classic, Auckland w/ Alastair Galbraith
Saturday 30 October - Happy, Wellington w/ Claypipe & Our Love Will Destroy the World
Friday 5 November - Dunedin Public Art Gallery w / Alastair Galbraith
Saturday 6 November - Harbour Light, Christchurch w / Rachel Shearer & Velvet Hour

Tickets for all shows on sale now from Undertheradar.co.nz.





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related gigs
Altmusic Presents: Richard Youngs
Thu 28th Oct, The Classic, Auckland
Altmusic Presents: Richard Youngs
Sat 30th Oct, Happy, Wellington
Altmusic Presents: Richard Youngs
Fri 5th Nov, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
Altmusic Presents: Richard Youngs
Sat 6th Nov, Harbour Light, Lyttelton






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