Fresh from releasing their fantastic new record ‘Feorm Falorx’, described by The Quietus as a “blissed-out dimension”, Warp veterans Plaid return to Ramsgate on Saturday 18th March for a sublime showcase of electronic music!
Their first visit to RMH sold out in rapid time, so make sure to book well in advance…!
On the cusp of their 30th year with Warp, now is the time to reflect on the important presence of Plaid, aka Ed Handley and Andy Turner. An institution since the late 80s, they’re monumental cornerstones for any self-respecting electronic music fan; mainly as Plaid, but also under aliases including The Black Dog and Balil – not to mention their work with Bjork.
Playful and wondrous, their 11th album ‘Feorm Falorx’ is generally gentler than the dark angularity its predecessor ‘Polymer’, but it’s no less deep, and maintains the melodicism for which they’re loved. It’s still highly rhythmic too – traversing ‘Set If Off’ hi-hats, digitised harpsichords, mangled mandolin, cascading strings, rude basslines, mercurial grooves and even a touch of goth guitar.
Plaid have toured extensively and collaborated widely over the years, writing for and performing with sonic researchers, percussion groups, solo artists and orchestras – most recently for the BBC Concert Orchestra. They have written for computer games and scored several feature films, one of which, ‘Tekkon Kinkreet’, was awarded the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
“Plaid may have foregrounded a darker, discordant side to their production, but this has allowed for a much greater sense of cohesion and freshness in their work when combined with the lightness of touch that the duo are known for” – The Quietus
“Highly listenable melodic IDM, warm and playful. One of the most influential bands of their genre” – Pitchfork
“Polymer is a summation of everything that puts Plaid rightfully on the same level of their innovative peers like Autechre, Boards of Canada and Two Lone Swordsmen” – Dusted Magazine