We're very happy to announce that awesome electronica duo Walls will be playing at The Harley for Harley Live and Drowned in Sound on 31st May.
Kompakt-signed duo WALLS' début album was released in 2010 to huge critical acclaim, picking up Mojo’s coveted Electronic Album Of The Year and featuring in NME’s end-of-year lists, not to mention winning fans such as Jamie XX, Caribou, James Holden and impressing US trio Battles so much that they invited the pair on tour around the US last October. Yet it isn’t these admittedly impressive accolades that make the announcement of second LP ‘Coracle’ such an anticipated one; what makes WALLS so alluring is the fully immersive experience of their mellifluous electronica.
Taking their debut as the prototype, Alessio Natalizia (Banjo Or Freakout) and Sam Willis (Allez Allez) have taken those initial early-sunrise evocations and pushed them to even more grandiose expanse on their new album ‘Coracle’. The record also takes a more dance-orientated stance, the soft-edged rhythms of ambient combining with older influences from the protean Detroit techno and Chicago house music of Juan Atkins, Mr Fingers et al to propel the likes of opener ‘Into Our Midst’ and lead-off single ‘Sunporch’ forth. Sonic shapes collide in slow motion, whilst a greater usage of guitars and pedals – twisted to push the instruments beyond their comfort zone – have further cemented links to krautrock (Cluster / Popul Vuh) and shoegaze (MBV / Ulrich Schnauss.)
Praise for WALLS’ debut:
NME - 9/10 - “Feeling as fresh as Boards Of Canada, cLOUDDEAD and Spiritualized did at their inceptions this is the must-have original soundtrack for intronauts everywhere”
MOJO - Electronic Album Of The Year VICE - 9/10 - “A blissed out synth-pop mini masterpiece”
THE GUARDIAN - 4/5 “a dreamy blend of slow electronica, glitchy beats and German influences such as Tangerine Dream”
iDJ - 9/10 "A stunning debut"
Tickets: £5.50 Harley Live members/£6.00 non-members/MOTD
Or in person from The Harley, The Wick, Kuji, Record Collector, The Old Sweet Shop, HMV Fargate, HMV Meadowhall, The Arena Ticket Shop and Rocky Horrors