Dog In The Snow
Celebrate Dog In The Snow’s debut LP launch as part of SPECTRUM.
Dog In The Snow is the moniker of Brighton-based Helen Ganya Brown who experiments with existential-driven lyrics and layers of off-kilter sounds to create a peripatetic musical landscape.
Written whilst on tour last year in the US with Fear Of Men, debut LP 'Consume Me' deals with fragmented explorations of the self and the world consuming her. A cohesive and minimalistic piece, the ten tracks which were written in succession, create something cyclical as opposed to linear. Lyrical ideas come through and are repeated, song-titles show up as words in other songs. Beds of warm synths intermingle with gritty guitar and, at times, jagged programmed drum beats. The result is an all-consuming world of mixed identities.
Dog In The Snow finds inspiration in the juxtapositions: the warm project title goes hand-in-hand with the grim ending of Kafka’s ‘The Trial’. Inspired by the dark underbelly of Scott Walker, the mortal anxieties of Sufjan Stevens, the glistening soundscapes of Susumu Yokota, Helen also finds influence from her own experience of being mixed race and a foreigner to her homelands, whilst exploring self-identity in its culture and ideas.
Knightstown is the solo vocal/electronic project of composer and songwriter Michael Aston. Having worked for several years as a freelance composer/songwriter and performer, Aston’s extensive experience ranges from composing an Orchestral Overture for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to playing keyboards for C Duncan.
Following the completion of the Knightstown LP, Aston has worked with composer and producer Matthew Hodson to reshape the studio album tracks into an intense, dynamic live performance set. Knightstown will release his self-titled debut album on FatCat Records in early-2018.
Supported by The Pebble Trust