The legendary Warp duo Plaid make their long-awaited Ramsgate debut on October 9th!
Plaid have been making experimental electronic music now for over 25 years, and last year they released what The Quietus described as “their best album in a decade”. Polymer melds a tangled plethora of electronic sounds, textures and shapes, allowing 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…
Another mesmerising show for the electronica heads out there. Bring it on!
“Highly listenable melodic IDM, warm and playful. One of the most influential bands of their genre” – Pitchfork
The innovative duo Ed Handley and Andy Turner have been expanding the realm of electronic music as Plaid (pronounced \ˈplad\) since they diverged from trio The Black Dog in the early 90s. In 2019, Plaid stand alongside the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and Nightmares on Wax as mainstays of the Warp label as it reaches its 30th anniversary, celebrating achievements in music like few others. Their adventurous and playful approach has taken them to working with Björk and drawing comparisons to fellow collaborators Mark Bell, Arca, Haxan Cloak and more recent releases by Skee Mask and Daniel Avery. They’ve worked with the London Sinfonietta, the Southbank Gamelan Players, composed for Felix’s Machines robotic sculptures, and soundtracked events as diverse as reindeer migration in northern Europe to a level in popular platformer Little Big Planet 3. In a live capacity their show straddles both a contemporary and club capacity, able to pack venues from Sydney Opera House and Southbank to Bloc and Berghain.
Covering a wide range of emotions, influences and inspirations; Polymer is an album for modern times. It’s creation was informed by a manifesto of Polyphony, Pollution and Politics; clashing themes of environment, synthetics, survival/mortality and humanity’s (dis)connection.
“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
“Polymer tells us that Plaid remain a distinct and vital voice in the world of electronic art” – Louder Than War
“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