Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ålesund (plus Garcia)

Bristol dreamscape pioneers Ålesund play beautifully crafted songs with a sparse Nordic undercurrent

25th Feb 2020
8pm | £12 adv. (£8 +bf. for Under 30s/low income)

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Bristol dreamscape pioneers Ålesund (pronounced Aww-le-sund) released their debut EP Shift & Flux on 15th Feb 2019. Produced by Jake Bright (Mary Spender, Doeray, Kate Stapley, Svelte, Future Dub Orchestra,) Shift & Flux is a collection of beautifully crafted songs with a sparse, Nordic undercurrent. Immersive sound; rolling drums; intricate guitar work; and soaring vocals, Ålesund are an atmospheric force from the trip hop heartland that create expansive, emotive and exhilarating sound worlds. Their music has been greatly received by fans and critics over the past few months. After a busy year of studio work, a summer of festivals, a string of sell out shows, their first UK tour and a plays on BBC Bristol, BBC Introducing and a stream of regional radio shows they are now excited to be sharing EP number two with the world.

“Flawless production, exquisite vocal range and graceful atmospherics…‘Shift & Flux’ might very well be the best song we’ve listened to this year.”
Tap the Feed

“Haunting cinematics, total musical immersion and a beautifully Nordic twist; that’s the tour-de-force of Bristol four-piece Ålesund.”
Born Music Online

What is ‘healing music’? – “It’s the opposite of escapism,” says Garcia, a Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist. Garcia has recently announced his single ‘Higher’, kicking off the ‘healing music’ project in response to the world’s need to reconnect. The recently released single explores issues concerning mental wellbeing and self-care. The sound explodes with deep kicks, heartfelt vocals, warm pianos and electronic arpeggiators, but its message is simple – everyone deserves happiness. The single is one of six to be released over the next nine months, each drawing attention to a different subject necessary to explore in order to bring us closer together.

Inspired by the examples of Bon Iver, Aurora and London Grammar, to name a few, Garcia fuses the melancholic with the uplifting, and pushes the boundaries on how musicians can affect social change. By collaborating with other artists, mindfulness instructors, spoken word artists, visual experience designers, psychologists, dancers and non-for-profits, Garcia is looking to create experiences that cannot be replicated digitally, and that inspire us to feel better.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)
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