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Motte Announces 'Cold + Liquid' Album Release Tour

Motte Announces 'Cold + Liquid' Album Release Tour

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: David Dunham / Friday 9th September, 2022 9:27AM

Ōhinehou / Lyttelton-based violinist, songwriter and composer Motte aka Anita Clark is celebrating the launch of her stunner of a new album Cold + Liquid with a five date run of headline events, happening throughout Te Ika-a-Māui plus the artist's hometown in October. Clark will be accompanied for each show by Luke Scott (Admiral Drowsy), performing as a two piece "to fully capture the aural expansiveness of this new work," with special guests including a rare live outing from Roy Montgomery at The Loons, and Kraus, Ludus and Halcyon Birds supporting Motte for the northern leg of the tour.

A highly in-demand artist who presently performs with The Phoenix Foundation, Luke Buda and Don McGlashan and the Others, Clark has contributed her skills to Renderers, Nadia Reid, Lawrence Arabia, Jim Nothing and Delaney Davidson (among many more). Motte's five years in the making Cold + Liquid was recorded by Thomas Lambert (Sonorous Circle) and co-produced by Clark with Ben Edwards — incorporating a diversity of instrumentation and sound sources including shortwave / longwave radio, a handmade Pūrerehua pūoro, and field recordings to conjure luminescent, deep listening sonic landscapes. Out now via US imprint Ba Da Bing! Records, don't miss these very special Motte Cold + Liquid events at the following dates...

"Here there are beautiful songs, drifting soundscapes, and monstrous head-twisting bouts of discordance that nonetheless remains somehow mellifluous (no matter how murky the water). You will be the judge, but to me this music sits in a zone of conditional beauty, equidistant from the work of Coil, Kate Bush and Danielle Dax. That location is a latitude at which tall drinks and tiny paper parasols become obligatory. So, spin this disc, pour yourself a Shirley Temple, and hit the floating sun loungers with me. This water’s warm." - Bruce Russell

Cold + Liquid Tour

Saturday 1st October - Unitarian Church, Auckland w/ Kraus
Sunday 2nd October - Never Project Space, Hamilton w/ Halcyon Birds(4pm afternoon show)
Thursday 6th October - The Loons, Lyttelton w/ Roy Montgomery
Friday 7th October - Article Cafe, Whanganui w/ Ludus
Saturday 8th October - Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington w/ Ludus

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Experience Motte's video for 'Plateau' by Threading Frames...

'Cold + Liquid' is out now digitally and on vinyl LP via Ba Da Bing! Records.

Press release:

MOTTE is touring Aotearoa in celebration of her newest album 'Cold + Liquid'. She will be joined by Luke Scott (Admiral Drowsy) to fully capture the aural expansiveness of this new work, and to create a very special listening experience.

Special supporting guests include Kraus, Roy Montgomery, Ludus and Halcyon Birds.

Anita Clark’s new Motte album, Cold + Liquid, builds glacial atmospheres, frozen moods and isolated impressions. Portraying New Zealand through socio-geological sound, breathing in Christchurch cultures and locales, the album embodies an artistic simulation of the Kiwi environment. Motte borrows from an array of sound sources to create an immense entity, with each piece situated precisely along the path. Cold + Liquid offers this rich sensory experience, transporting the listener into a world of Clark’s imagination.

As a master violinist, Clark is a favourite of the NZ music scene. She’s been employed by the Renderers, Nadia Reid, Lawrence Arabia and Delaney Davidson for her skills. Currently, she plays with The Phoenix Foundation, Luke Buda and Don McGlashan and the Others. Her skilful reach across genres fuels her popularity both with the rock under and overground, and she has also built a rich CV of film soundtracks and contemporary dance compositions.

Listening to Cold + Liquid is a fulsome experience of articulated sound and specific place. Anita Clark dances around the shining candescence of her culture like a night insect, always seeking a better vantage point to the light.


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Motte Cold + Liquid Album Release
Sat 1st Oct 8:00pm
Unitarian Church, Auckland
Motte Cold + Liquid Album Release
Sun 2nd Oct 3:30pm
Never Project Space, Hamilton
Motte Cold + Liquid Album Release
Thu 6th Oct 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton
Motte Cold + Liquid Album Release
Fri 7th Oct 8:00pm
Article, Whanganui
Motte Cold + Liquid Album Release
Sat 8th Oct 8:00pm
Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington