Gizeh Records / LCR Records / Sacred Tapes / Front & Follow || Manchester, UK
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TOUR PARTY: 2 people
AVAILABILITY: General 2018/2019
A.R.C. Soundtracks is an audio/visual duo based in Manchester, UK. Marrying bleak drones, doomy beats and FX-heavy spoken-word to ritualistic visuals, they are an unsettling encounter. They have released via LCR and Sacred Tapes and a new album recorded at Islington Mill (home to GNOD etc) in Salford is out now via Gizeh Records' Dark Peak series (also home to Christine Ott, Aidan Baker & Claire Brentnall and A-Sun Amissa). Their current live show was premiered at London’s Cafe Oto in 2016 and works as a soundtrack to prepared visuals.
K. Craig - synths, voice, FX, films
David Armes - lap steel, electric piano, samples, drum machine
16.08.16 - LONDON (UK), Cafe Oto
08.02.17 - MANCHESTER (UK), The Castle (w/ Shield Patterns)
06.09.17 - VIENNA (AT), Brandstatte Concert Series at Cafe Korb
07.09.17 - BERLIN (DE), Zukunft Am Ostkreuz
08.09.17 - LEIPZIG (DE), Unterholz
09.09.17 - HRADEC KRÁLOVÉ (CZ), MENU
10.09.17 - PRAGUE (CZ), Punctum
12.09.17 - BOCHUM (DE), Bastion
13.09.17 - GHENT (BE), Kinky Star
05.11.17 - SALFORD (UK), The Eagle (w/ Christine Ott and A-Sun Amissa)
The full film of the current album 'DERELICTION//MIRROR' on Gizeh Records via Kompakt Distribution; released September 2017.
'TAKEN UP & DISSOLVED' [excerpt]
Split cassette release on Front & Follow (2018).
Partly inspired by the mythic-space of the Upper Calder Valley and Otto Bollnow’s 1963 tract 'Human Space', this is an unbroken half-hour track containing stuttering electronics and slow-moving pulsations.
LIVE AT BASTION BOCHUM (DE)
A short segment from Bastion Bochum (September 2017).
'THE ROAD TO THE CAMP'
Taken from the 2014 album 'ARCHIVE: VOLUME ONE' (LCR Records).
'FROM A SHATTERED BEAM'
Cassette release album on Sacred Tapes (2016).
Half an hour of opiated music following a loose narrative about erosion and decay.
THE WIRE: "An interest in archaic spaces and rural settings. It's unearthly and unknowable."
ECHOES & DUST: “A record with a deep, resonant atmosphere, reminiscent of the likes of Demdike Stare, Svarte Greiner and even Swans at points. One of the highlights of the year.”
ROCK-A-ROLLA: “Eroded, rurally blemished drone. It’s difficult to tell if the music is reassembling or falling apart further, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
GONZO CIRCUS: "Their trademark is industrial noise with cold melodic structures."
DOA: “Imagine Bark Psychosis being remixed by John Carpenter."
FREQ: "Buoyant bayonets of drifting monologue...Honestly, one of the best things I’ve heard (so far) this year."
THE SKINNY: “As dark and troubling as it is beautiful and elegiac.”
DROWNED IN SOUND: "A fantastic collection of minimal drones and barely existent electric post-folk balladry."
BLEEP.COM: "Kevin Drumm-style drones and Secret Boyfriend-style sketches of post-punk ambience drift through the duration of the LP. An incredibly strong piece of work."
ELECTRONIC BEATS (DE): The Road To The Camp film featured in Videodrome round-up.
EARS 4 EYES: “The sonic equivalent of a Cormac McCarthy character wandering a blasted deadscape.”