An exciting double bill from artist Lonnie Holley and Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor.
'Lonnie Holley is an artist who maybe was making music all along, but I knew him first as an artist – one might say as an outsider artist. It turned out that he was also making music and some of that started to dribble out through various recordings and I heard some and loved it.' (David Byrne)
Lonnie Holley was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950, the seventh of 27 children, and claims he was traded for a bottle of whiskey when he was four.
He has been making visual outsider art for 35 years, born out of struggle and hardship as well as furious curiosity.
In two recent collections of his avant-soul experimentations on Dust-To-Digital, Lonnie builds a bridge between Gil Scott-Heron and Alice Coltrane's Turiya Sings.
He approaches both his visual art and his music by reacting to what is in front of him: his music is about the very moment in which it unfolds. Lonnie's words, on the other hand, are based on his experiences. His endless energy and wild curiosity are capturing hearts and minds in the worlds of both music and fine art.
In 2013, Dust-to-Digital released his second full-length album, Keeping A Record Of It, which features guest performances from Black Lips' Cole Alexander, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox, and visual artist Lillian Blades.
'The closest thing America has to a prophet.' (Noisey)
'each Holley performance is a unique, evolving lifeform' (The Guardian)
Alexis Taylor is a musician, producer, DJ and songwriter from London. Await Barbarians is his second full-length solo album.
While still at school, Taylor formed Grammy- and Mercury Prize-nominated pop group Hot Chip with Joe Goddard. His part-improvised music project About Group have recorded three acclaimed albums.
Taylor has collaborated with Venice Biennale Award-winning visual artists Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, as well as with German producer Justus Köhncke in the duo Fainting By Numbers. Recently, he performed new renditions of Benjamin Britten-arranged folk songs alongside Green Gartside of Scritti Politti.
‘Await Barbarians is a trove of sentiment and intricacy’ (Line of Best Fit)