The Winemakers Club, London EC4A 4AN. Doors 7.00 pm ‘Dazzling’ Time Out/’Magnificent’ Songlines/ ‘Breathtaking’ BBC 6Music/★★★★ MOJO/★★★★ The Guardian/★★★★ Independent on Sunday. New Roots is proud to present Real World recording artists Spiro in the beautifully atmospheric 80 capacity candle-lit stone arches of Holborn Viaduct.
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One thing is certain – Spiro are their own people, commendably operating in their own sphere and at their own pace. Their recently released “Lightbox’ album on Peter Gabriel‘s Real World label, was recorded over four days at Real World Studios in Box, produced by Simon Emmerson (the chief architect behind the Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village projects). It captures a breathtakingly imaginative and superbly disciplined group with a sound thatʼs unified but never uniform.
All four members, all four instruments, pull in the same direction, creating music thatʼs intricate yet full of momentum. Time Out proclaim their “gyroscopic sounds swirl guitar, mandolin, violin and accordion lines into euophoric but rigorous folk dances inspired by minimalist classical music and punk as well as folk music.” This is where the ostinatos at the heart of folk dance, minimalism and detroit techno meet, as Ian Kearey in fRoots explains “like the moving parts of a precision watch being constantly experimented on and realigned”.
These are hurrying, scurrying soundscapes that sweep majestically with cinematic presence, echoing – at various points – the work of Steve Reich, Michael Nyman and the Penguin Café Orchestra. “Intense and minimal, they roll out complex arrangements with such ease that you feel your heart lift a few inches above its normal resting place” maintains Rob Fitzpatrick in The Word. This is the music of Spiro – undeniably English, undeniably theirs. Spiro are an enigma, theirs is a mysterious, other-worldly sound that’s at the vanguard of a new, comtemporary folk style. Don’t miss them.
‘Dazzling’ Time Out
‘Magnificent..Rich, moving and cunningly wrought’ Songlines Magazine
‘Melodically inventive and emotionally compelling…fantastic’ The Word
‘Breathtakingly moving’ Chris Jones, BBC Music
‘Leading exponents of this new genre’ ★★★★ Robin Deneslow, the Guardian
‘Refreshingly unnerving’ ★★★★ MOJO
‘… compelling, strangely soulful music of mind and body’ ★★★★ Independent on Sunday
‘Spiro absolutely rock on stage’. ★★★★★ Tony Benjamin, Venue
New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserves- for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.
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