Very happy to host the first Scottish duo performance by James Rushford & Joe Talia – two distinctive and exploratory voices in the contemporary Australian underground.
James and Joe first caught our ear with their wonderful ‘Manhunter’ release on Graham Lambkin’s KYE label. Drawing upon strategies from contemporary composition, music concrete and improvisation, it weaves together greyscale electronics, dehumanized drum machines, amorphous vocal fragments, domestic detritus and sundry devices into a clouded, submerged narrative fabric.
Although the duo’s working methods and sound sources have changed radically between releases (and even performances), all of their work breathes the same peculiar air of lingering obsession and decayed virtuosity. Seeing their artistic practices – both solo and together – naturally evolve and expand over time has been a joy to witness at a distance, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us at Counterflows this year.
Image of James and Joe courtesy of Keelan O’Hehir