As a social networking site it may be almost completely obsolete, but when it comes to trawling for new music there’s still little better than MySpace. It helps when you’ve got somewhere to start, and given the quality of the names elsewhere on 1234 Shoreditch festival’s line-up, the more unknown names are proving an equally rewarding listen. Swathes is the solo work of Matty Webster, who specialises in making drone infused, wonderfully isolated music.
Coming out of Wrexham (presumably, as always is the case, from a bedroom), the tracks he produces are without vocals, but the white noise and feedback layered upon the tracks make them both harsh and brilliant. With the aid of drum loops, the distortion heavy noises got Swathes noticed by Dandelion Radio and Bethan Elfyn from Radio 1 before he’d even bothered to play a gig, and has subsequently supported krautrock legends Faust. The NME has also hopped on the bandwagon, with a sound is vaguely influenced by musique concrete and Germanic, industrial electronica, but it could just as easily by the backing to a particularly amazing song by any of the component members of Former Ghosts. In fact, the only way that most of these efforts could get much better is with Nika of Zola Jesus wailing all over them.
If you’ve not entered the competition to win one of two sets of 1234 festival tickets, this is yet another reason to put your name in the hat.
Swathes – Pastoral Care
Swathes – Very White [fileden]