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Alexander Tucker and Imbogodom New Zealand Tour Announced

Alexander Tucker and Imbogodom New Zealand Tour Announced

Wednesday 21st November, 2012 9:07AM

UK avant-folk artist Alexander Tucker has been announced to tour New Zealand both solo and as Imbogodom, a moniker he shares with Wellington's Daniel Beban of Orchestra of Spheres.  Tucker has a number of releases to his name the latest of which - Third Mouth - came out earlier this year on Thrill Jockey who have also put out two Imbogodom records.  See below for clips from both projects and here are their tour schedules...

Alexander Tucker New Zealand Tour
Friday 7th December, Puppies, Wellington (part of Rising Tides Festival)
Thursday 13th December, Wunderbar, Lyttelton/Christchurch w/Delaney Davidson and Rangi Ranga
Saturday 15th December, Crown Hotel, Dunedin w/Murderbike and Wolfskull
Friday 21st December, Whammy Bar, Auckland w/Orchestra of Spheres and Pumice

Imbogodom New Zealand Tour
Wednesday 12th December, Physics Room, Christchurch w/Adam Willetts
Friday 14th December, None Gallery, Dunedin w/Gate
Wednesday 19th December, Wellington Train Station w/Jonny Marks
Saturday 22nd December, Audio Foundation, Auckland

Here's a clip from Alexander Tucker's latest album Third Mouth released earlier in the year...

And here's one from his previous record Dortwytch (2011)...

Lastly, here's a clip for Imbogodom track 'Unseen Ticket' from their 2010 release The Metallic Year...

Press Release:

Hailed by The Wire as an ‘avant folk genius’, psychedelic outsider artist Alexander Tucker has been creating his distinctly British song cycles for many years, released firstly on ATP Records and more recently on Thrill Jockey. His music is an intensely personal world of dream-logic narratives and out-of-focus scenes, as much heavy and sonic as it is gentle and acoustic.

Tucker's sound has developed over the years since his first self-titled solo album, which featured acoustic finger-picking, experimental electronics and was released on Jackie O Motherfucker's U-Sound Archives label. He went on to combine compositional song structures, drones, layered vocals and improvisations on his 2005 album Old Fog released on ATP Recordings. This collection of spectral moods, eerie landscapes and fragile emotions was followed by Furrowed Brow (2006) and Portal (2008), where the songs and melodies became more pronounced, whilst infecting the tracks with underlying drone currents, traditional finger-picking, doom riffs and David Crosby inspired harmonies. In the past three years Tucker has signed with the US label Thrill Jockey, releasing two albums Dorwytch and 2012’s Third Mouth, both of which tend more toward psychedelic songs structures, rudimentary beats and layered instrumentation.

Tucker collaborates regularly with members of Sunn O)))) and Circle and forms half of Imbogodom with NZ’s Daniel Beban. Equally active as a visual artist, Tucker’s drawings and experimental films will be exhibited at venues during the tour. Heavily influenced by NZ psych and noise music, Tucker’s visit is an eagerly anticipated musical pilgrimage.


‘Imbogodom's music can feel like walking inside a strange house at night and finding yourself momentarily startled by the sound of your own breath. Equal parts psych-folk songsmithery and musique concrète’ – Pitchfork

Imbogodom is the duo of Alexander Tucker and NZ’s Daniel Beban (Orchestra of Spheres, Siign of the Hag). The group started when Beban was working night shifts as a sound engineer at the BBC World Service in London. The two would spend endless nights deep in the basement of the World Service headquarters, Bush House, dusting off old reel-to-reel tape machines, conducting tape loop experiments and creating eerie sound worlds with foley devices, found objects and instruments. Rekindling the almost extinguished flame of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (think Dr Who theme), the duo’s sound was formed by the limitations of the outdated equipment and ghostly, subterranean atmosphere of Bush House.

Imbogodom have released two albums on Thrill Jockey, The Metallic Year, and They Turned Not When They Went. Both albums display the duo’s fascination with sound experiments and songwriting and have received much critical acclaim. For this NZ tour they are recreating the BBC sound studios kiwi style, complete with old reel-to-reel machines, foley objects and psychedelic atmospheres. Included in their tour is a special show in the immensely resonant entrance hall of the Wellington Train Station.

‘Imagine the cracked surface of an uninhabited planet. Imagine the red sky. Imagine that the wind there carries sounds along with bits of celestial dust — dreamy sounds, haunted sounds, maybe even tragic sounds. Surreal? Absolutely, and so are the soundscapes of Imbogodom’ – Tiny Mix Tapes


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