Brighton Dome project SPECTRUM cultivates and supports the vibrant music scene of our city.Creative freelance live music promoters Melting Vinyl celebrate 20 years of existence in Brighton this March, introducing five acts; a mixture of those who have grown up with Melting Vinyl and the new kids on the scene. Reflected in the artists chosen are the genres of music they promote such as organic indie, classical roots and electronica.
One of Brighton’s hidden gems, since 2002 the band have been making records showcasing eloquent, understated pop music of the highest order. Fronted by David Bramwell – better known as a radio 4 presenter, author and host of Brighton’s Catalyst Club.They will be performing with their full line-up as a six-piece, together with backing vocals from Shoreham’s sea shanty choir, The Duck Pond Sailors. Expect favourites from their back catalogue, films, and tracks from their latest album, Oh Sealand.
'Oh, Sealand is a wonderist intervention in the name of a different definition of Britain: one where mystery is currency and love, rather than fear, is what unites these islands' disparate tribes.' The Quietus
Described as 'possessed Brontë sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party' (Foxy Digitalis), Collectress are a multi-instrumentalist quartet with their founding roots in Brighton. They perform with a strong sense of narrative, combining minimalist lo-fi chamber writing with fluid, melodic improvisations, drawing listeners into a distinctive world of experimental chamber music.
Individually, the quartet have a rich biography of collaborations, from Bat for Lashes to Penguin Café, from Radiohead’s Philip Selway to The Paper Cinema, from Mary Hampton to Rambert Dance Company.
'Collectress make super-special chamber-pop. Consummately played, poetic and perfectly pitched.' 20jazzfunkgreats
Hong Kong-born, Brighton-based producer Flavia Aliverti aka Foreign Skin is an audio-visual dreamboat. Manipulating the vocals of talented friends over warm synths, her sample-based ambient adventures never fail to impress us. With inspiration taken from the likes of Bonobo, Bjork and Purity Ring, music comes to Fla in sudden surges of creativity that often manifest themselves in ethereal remixes for artists such as Sun Glitters and Fickle Friends. Self-produced soaring, hypnotic visuals accompany her performance and make for a completely enchanting live show.
Browknit scowl and open heart. The guitars and accordion of local experimental-folk ensemble Twenty-One Crows can call up the gentle whispers of a summer breeze and whip them into the brutal fury of a winter’s storm. From the unheard prayers of the Workhouse to the cold, dry bones of the Arctic night they summon the vanished voices of the past and channel them ready for a new hearing like a séance with the lost, ignored and disinherited voices of history.
Bella Spinks is a young singer/songwriter from Brighton. She played her first gig at Brighton's Concorde 2 at only 12 years of age. Fusing her characteristic piano style and inventive vocals she has drawn comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Carole King and Regina Spektor.
To date she has supported Ellie Goulding, The Staves, Rae Morris, Ron Sexsmith, Low Chimes, Sea of Bees, Viv Albertine, Laetitia Sadia, Alex Winston, Basia Bulat, The Apache Relay, Foy Vance, Jake Isaac, Robert Ellis, Husky and has played Together The People and Norwich Sound & Vision Festivals and Communion shows in London, Brighton and Leeds.
Her debut album, due for release in June 2018 on Sublime Recordings was produced by Matt Ingram (Laura Marling, Lianne La Havas and Denai Moore) with string arrangements by Tom Hobden (Noah and The Whale) and Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots).
Percussionist Dan Breaden will be playing a fully improvised performance primarily using a mysteriously unique instrument come to be known as the 'hang drum', in addition to extra percussion, beatboxing and loop pedal wizardry, you'll hear whole songs created right before you.