New Release – Auriga

EP Release: Auriga

I’m excited to announce my new EP ‘Auriga’ will be out on the 14th of June on cassette tape.  There are only 50 cassettes being made so place pre orders over on bandcamp quickly.

Auriga, or the constellation between Perseus and Gemini draws on the ever expanding exploration of the Universe. Auriga delves into themes of ambient space, with all tracks composed in 2017. Auriga explores a unique process of composition, this short period of writing with almost immediate releasing is intentional and aims to provide a colourful listen with a unique closeness to the artistic process.

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I was really interested in exploring what happens to tracks after you’ve finished
them, those painstaking sessions where you revisit the ideas over months or
years, tweaking and moving, and rearranging. Whilst I see the value in this process, some of my better tracks have been written in one day. I wanted to write the ideas and not agonise over the details of it not being ‘right’, to give it more of a warmth and a realness to it.

In addition to this Auriga uses a fairly narrow set of sounds and instruments.  Relying heavily on vocal processing and samples from only a handful of instruments, the 5 track EP paints a picture of a moment in time.  One of the instruments you’ll hear is a 12 string acoustic guitar which was hand built by Kayla’s father.

I was particularly excited to use my new 12 string acoustic guitar in this composition which my Dad built for me last year. Like most of the instruments I play I tend to not play them necessarily conventionally, it doesn’t interest me sonically to play with a focus on technical ability, more an interest in the sounds that an instrument can make. It features heavily on this EP as I was as I was excited to record it and explore its potential. Whilst writing these tracks I was in a phase of using basic mics and not cleaning the sounds up too much, again to add to the warmth and realness of the sounds.

The EP also includes the track Kayla wrote for Independent Venue Week, Seed,
featuring samples from Yo No Se and Yama Warashi. Released on Kiran Records
the EP comes out on 14th June on cassette tape. The tape comes wrapped in a date stamped newspaper, in line with the concept of the EP representing a snapshot of time. Releasing music around the time of a general election, or the world cup, or the olympics, is generally considered pointless, but Kayla hopes this release will bring relief from the other topics dominating our screens.

There are 50 cassettes available to buy so get your preorder in now. Pre orders will get an immediate download of one track from the EP.

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Upcoming dates:

June 4th – Old E 2 Day Scorch (Old England)

June 10th – Gateway to Another Dimension Festival – St Stephens Church, Bristol

June 16th – Semtek + Kasra V + Kayla Painter (DJ Set)- The Love inn

June 22nd – Wilson  Art Gallery Cheltenham (headline show)

June 30th – supporting LTO Album Launch, Cafe Kino

July 7th – Roll For The Soul (headline show)

July 22nd – Bristol Harbour Festival (DJ Set)

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Artistic Director Series with Beth Orton announced.

I will be joining 12 other female musicians from across the UK next week for the Artistic Director Series, this year being led by Beth Orton.  I am thrilled to announce i’ll be joining women in hope to raise the profile of women in music, which Brighter Sound decided to highlight as previous years applications showed a vast under representation of women.

Read more in the press release below.

Beth Orton Residency

Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series #4 – Beth Orton – Brighter Sound// // //

In February, singer-songwriter Beth Orton will be collaborating on new material with 13 specially selected up-and-coming female musicians during a week-long residency at Manchester’s Band on the Wall. On 20th February Beth and the residency participants will perform the fruits of the week’s endeavours, live at a special finale event.

Beth Orton is a BRIT Award-winner and two-time Mercury Prize nominee who has collaborated with Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, Beck, and Terry Callier among others. Her masterful songwriting and emotionally evocative vocal style – infusing intimate folk reminiscent of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell with lilting and subtly atmospheric pop flourishes – has continuously evolved, yet always retained an intriguing mix of fragility and transcendence which never fails to move and inspire fans around the world. Her most recent album is 2012’s Sugaring Season, which Vogue called “A beautiful timely album, full of melancholy.”

Beth’s wealth of experience in the music industry, the eclectic mix of genres she works in, and her experimental approach to creating music all add to what will be a brilliant week and a truly unique performance.

The Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series gives emerging musicians a unique opportunity to experiment, collaborate and perform, encouraging new ways of working, thinking and approaching creativity. This way of connecting and supporting musicians was something that appealed immediately to Beth:

“I am thrilled to be asked to support and take part in this exciting and important project. Getting the chance to mentor — or simply the opportunity to stand as witness to — the diverse, and possibly unheard, talents of artists from all across the UK fills me with curiosity and some apprehension!  If I’m lucky I will get to share some of what has been passed along to me over the years.”

Next Gig – 16.02.2012

My next show will be in Newport’s venue Meze Lounge.

This is going to be an evening of experimental delights.  The night is going to be hosted by Newport University’s Creative Sound and Music students.  Being a graduate from this course myself I’ll get to see how the current students are pushing the boundaries of formulaic music, exploring sound, performance techniques, composition approaches, or any other variable you can think up.

I have played a Salon night before, last time I played it was held in Cardiff Arts Institute

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Cardiff Arts Institute – February 2011 – Photography Nic Finch

The set up I will be using at Meze Lounge, Newport 16.02.2012

I was very kindly donated the APC40, and have enjoyed getting to know it.
The APC40 is a control surface designed to work with Ableton Live, the program I use to create my live sets.  Its very easy to map keys on the device to effect variables with just a few clicks.  This bit of kit enables some really exciting experimentation with effects, looping and chopping up clips.  Something which I love about Ableton is the ability to switch between aspects of one track and another with everything sounding smooth and professional.  This is down to Ableton Live being a piece of software that snaps everything to a tempo you set it to.  Of course you can alter this as well, if you wanted to have the tempo jumping all over the place you could.  The beauty of things staying in time is the freedom you get to mash up your own tracks, which when doing live gives you a chance to be really creative and compose a new song out of your existing songs.  This is a very rewarding process for me, and it means the audience get a unique version every time you play live.  I have probably only just scratched the surface of possibilities with these two things.  But I am always exploring and accidentally stumbling upon new things you can do.