Delphine Dora and I decided to go legit and have made a Bandcamp page for our ongoing collaborations. It exists here:
I’ll draw your attention to our next release that will be officially out on the 20th April via the ace Feeding Tube Records. Have a listen online here:
Preorder the record directly from Feeding Tube or get in touch if you want one from me.
Here’s how Byron Coley describes it:
“First vinyl evidence of the dizzying, ongoing collaboration between France’s Delphine Dora and West Yorkshire’s Sophie Cooper.
Delphine’s piano, organ, vocals and extended improvisation techniques have been documented in various places, and always serve up oceanic slabs of pure aural mystery. Comparisons have been made to Charlemagne Palestine, Marian Zazeela and other experimentalists, although Ms. Dora has long maintained her compositions are structurally rooted in folk music. Suffice to say the results are usually otherworldly and stunning. Cooper’s guitar, electronics, vocals and trombone have caused similar reactions (I am especially fond of her recent Globokar-like ‘bone-investigations). And the pair’s collusions (of which there have been several) are always eagerly anticipated.
The main themes of the two sides of the LP are “Invisible Gesture” and “Sublime Gesture.” The Invisible seems to involve more entwined vocals and a certain space-oid twinkle to the keys. There are also occasional flare-ups that recall Third Ear Band’s music for Macbeth or some unknown collaboration between Comus and Paul Rutherford. The “Sublime” adds heavier drone action to the process, as well as insertion of noise and classical “events” to interact with the ghost vocals.
It is a truly delirious spin.”
Here’s a poster of a gig we’re playing in Cardiff.. part of a little tour I guess you could call it:
3rd February – The Slowest Lift playing at The Cube Cinema in Bristol
4th February – The Slowest Lift playing Spit and Sawdust in Cardiff
7th February – The Slowest Lift in Hebden Bridge at The Trades, BBC Radio 3 “Exposure” programme, part of The Late Junction show. Say hello if you’re at any of these gigs please x
The Slowest Lift have had some love from Margarita Louca on her ace radio show “Don’t Trip” on NTS. Ta v much duckie!! Have a listen here(s) https://www.nts.live/shows/dont-trip/episodes/dont-trip-15th-january-2018 and https://www.nts.live/shows/dont-trip/episodes/dont-trip-18th-december-2017
My pal and collaborator Delphine Dora is going to be touring the UK with “Mocke” if you haven’t heard their record do have a listen here:
I’ll be supporting on the 19th January at Centrala, Birmingham – amps and trombone action.
Happy new year!
I had the absolute honour of visiting the Malta Sound Women Network a couple of weeks ago for about 36 hours and had an awesome time. Jess Rymer and Yasmin Kuymizakis set up the group last summer after being inspired by work done over here by the Yorkshire Sound Women’s Network and their group is doing amazingly well. They run a regular workshop every Saturday at the Malta School of Music and I think they have around 50 regular attendees getting their heads around music, sound and tech which I think is just an incredible achievement in such a short time. They asked me over to perform and run a workshop at one of their Saturday events and I was so glad to do so. I ended up doing two gigs, the first one was an hour long improv with Jess, who is a great trumpet player, and then I played solo at the music school the next day. After the show I left my gear on stage and showed members how to do manipulate the sound of their voices using various bits of hardware which was so much fun. There are a couple of pics taken by Heba Ahmed below.
Yasmin and Jess did a performance on the Saturday which you can hear in my latest Tor FM radio show (Christmas special!)
newest Tor Fm here for you to listen to, there’s a cut from the gig me and Sam did with Emmanuelle Parrenin and a weird and wild radio play direct from The Burselm – Vile Plumage production.
Sam Underwood of “doom-tuba” fame got me to record some trombone for his new album Belatedly out soon on Box Records. I’m on the track called “Sof’!
Have a listen and preorder here on the bandcamp:
Super happy to have this album out on the greatest label in the world: VHF! The release date is the 1st December but you can hear it in full here:
Preorder available at Norman Records, Beartree Records and other places..
Cheers Bill for sorting out. Well happy:
The debut release by The Slowest Lift (Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley) presents a new chapter in the long-running tradition of radical English music duos. Originally formed via a commission from the Supernormal Festival, Cooper (an accomplished solo performer and collaborator) and Bradley (from frequent VHF delinquents Vibracathedral Orchestra) play a kind of gentle postindustrial psychedelia, with Cooper’s lovely vocals floating over a collage of live and electronic performances. The songs are a blend of straightforward performance and eccentric bricolage, with rude electronic interjections sitting comfortably alongside delicate guitar and keyboard melodies. Zoviet France-like low-fi atmospherics compete with Cooper’s voice for air on tracks like “Crystal Fracture” and “Hi From The Skyline Swim,” while the duo’s surprising cover of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur” deep on side two sneaks in perfectly, a mini-pop music drama reimagined as pure hallucination.