Gazelle Twin releases her eagerly anticipated, acclaimed new album, Pastoral on Anti-Ghost Moon Ray this Friday, September 21 and has announced a series of live dates. Described by The Quietus recently as “… easily the most haunting performance of the festival, if not the summer”, Gazelle Twin’s live shows include a co-headliner with Gaika in Brighton on October 11, and Somerset House on November 16, part of their Assembly series.
Told through a troupe of multi-gender voices, in vernaculars old and new; from the shrill echo of folksong to tabloid-tinged jaunts, the artist presents the notion that “there is horror in every idyll, and danger lurking beyond the ‘quaint’”. The village square - once host to centuries of public torture - becomes a floral framed postcard, dolled-up for the Summer Fête. A sunny, afternoon walk over the hills unsettles a cloud of angry flies feeding from unidentifiable remains. Bigoted vitriol gently murmurs amidst tearoom chatter, as the neatly framed pastoral picture dissolves into a solemn ennui.
Forged in a rural idyll in Middle-England and four years in the making amidst life-changing events, including a move far out of the city, Pastoral will be the first major release by Gazelle Twin since her widely acclaimed LP, Unflesh (2014, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray), and is seamlessly on-theme, together with Bernholz’s J.G. Ballard-inspired A/V show ’Kingdom Come’ (soundtrack released November 2017, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray) - a fascism-infused hellscape, this time set in deepest Old England.
GAZELLE TWIN LIVE
22 Sep - Station Narva Festival, Narva EE
27 Sep - Rough Trade East instore, London UK
3 Oct - New Theatre, Warsaw PL (Kingdom Come performance)
5 Oct - Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
11 Oct - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton UK, with GAIKA
16 Nov – Somerset House, Lancaster Rooms, London UK