This year’s SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s Festival of Light, also features an exciting programme of live music featuring innovative and groundbreaking international bands and DJ’s performing across city centre venues. Passes are available for single days or the whole festival — skiddle.com/whats-on/Aberdeen/Various-Venues-In-Aberdeen/Spectra-Music-2018/13099944/
CYMBALS is Dan, Jack, Neil and Luke. Some of them have played in bands before, but this one is different — it's sort of a romantic thing, some kind of chemistry that makes the songs what they are. In May 2011 they released their first 9 months of songs in an album called Unlearn through Tough Love, on limited hand-screen printed vinyl. The album quickly sold out, and interest has grown ever since.
With Unlearn, the band were figuring out what it meant to write together, a process that was mixed and produced by James Yuill, D/R/U/G/S and Rory Brattwell. The result was a snapshot of charming naivety, a document of their first year that has become dear to a horde of devoted fans. Sideways Sometimes is a different beast. Recorded over five days on Lightship 95, a boat moored in the Thames, the EP has a cleaner, more coherent feel. Fourth member Neil Gillespie took over from Sean on drums, while Sean returned to his first instrument, bass, filling out the space in their sound. Drawing on Yo La Tengo and New Order, the songs follow a pattern, a circle describing a moment in their lives.
— All based in the greater Reykjavík area, AdHd is a four-piece band that consists of four old friends and colleagues. The four of them have been working together in various projects and bands for more than a decade.
AdHd are Óskar Guðjónsson (Saxophone), Ómar Guðjónsson (Guitars, Bass) Davíð Þór Jónsson (Keys, Bass) Magnús Trygvason Eliassen (Drums, Percussion).
The members of AdHd are very active in both the Icelandic music scene, as well as abroad. Their collaborators include amiina, Jim Black, Wadada Leo Smith, Skúli Sverrison, Sören Dahl Jeppesen, Tómas R Einarsson, múm, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sin Fang, Samúel Jón Samúelsson and many others.
— Mt. Wolf consists of singer-producer Sebastian 'Bassi' Fox, guitarist Stevie McMinn and drummer Alex Mitchell. Having impressed the online tastemakers with their early EP releases Red (2015) and Hex (2016), the bands hallmark splicing of electronic and acoustic elements and layered sounds has earned them comparisons to the likes of Sigur Rós, Bon Iver, The National and London Grammar. In May 2017 the band released their much anticipated debut album, 'Aetherlight' via CRC Music.
Mt. Wolf have seen their presence across the world grow exponentially over the last 18 months, with hundreds of thousands of weekly listeners on Spotify and radio support in both the US, Australia and the UK (KCRW, BBC Introducing and Radio 1 specialist). Their album singles 'Heavenbound', 'The Electric' and 'Bohemia' have received significant support from streaming services and online tastemakers overall and their stand-alone single Golden feat. St. South, released just before Christmas, has already had over 5.3 million streams on Spotify.
Thursday: Cymbals // ADHD // Mt Wolf
Friday: Tonik Ensemble // Orka // Wrangler: Fiona Soe Paing // Bruch // Mental Overdrive
Saturday: Nányë // Mammút // Hidden Orchestra: Seafoam Green // Emma Pollock: Cler Lever // James Orvis
Sunday: Sykur // Wyles & Simpson // Plaid: Emilio Pinchi // Science of the Lamps: Steve Cobby // Lindstrøm