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Ela Orleans is a Polish musician now based in Glasgow, UK. She was a member of pop collagists Hassle Hound, has played with various luminaries of the New York experimental & noise scenes and is also a composer for the screen. Over the course of Orleans’ music career, her tagline and brief description for her music has always been “Movies for Ears”. In this work Orleans pushes her pastoral pop roots into more cinematic terrain, experimenting with carefully considered sound art segments, complex electronic textures and orchestral flourishes. She has a number of solo recordings, remixes and collaborative releases to her name on labels such as Parental Guidance, La Station Radar, Night People, All Saints Records, Warp, Clan Destine Records, Twisted Nerve and Staubgold.

Ela Orleans utilizes various instruments, electronics and her otherworldly, softly-spun vocals to make some of the finest echo-drenched ’60s chamber pop around. Ela's ability to flip her sound into more panoramic symphonic expanses is deeply uncanny and presents the perfect counterpoint to her breezier, baroque-flavoured moments. Over the course of her career she has released some fine long-form recordings; “High Moon Low Sun” on CD, 2008, “Lost” LP in 2009 “Mars Is Heaven” LP, 2011, “NEO PI-R” LP, 2011 and the Dead Albatross Music Prize-winning “Tumult in Clouds” double LP in 2012.

Also carrying her name are a split LP “Double Feature” with Dirty Beaches (a Night People and La Station Radar presentation) and contributions to a four-way split LP “The Statement” with fellow travellers Slim Twig, Dirty Beaches and U.S Girls. Ela has graced stages with these great artists in recent years: Dirty Beaches, Lee Ranaldo, Magic Markers, Julia Holter, The Space Lady, Lower Dens, The Vaselines, The Pastels, Baby Dee, Quintron, The KVB, Le Volume Courbe, Remember Remember, Jackie O Motherfucker, Tara Jane O' Neil and The Pheromoans not to mention many others.

http://elaorleans.com/  http://www.deadalbatross.com/ http://pgrecs.bigcartel.com/products http://www.normanrecords.com/records/138155-ela-orleans-tumult-in


Neil Campbell and Mick Flower have a notable history as two key members of legendary Leeds improvised drone collective Vibracathedral Orchestra. Neil left the group around four years ago and has since released countless recordings under the name Astral Social Club that, while under the influence of minimal techno and house, also recall the ecstatic revery of Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". A most succinct explanation as to the cosmic rush of sound their duo guise emits is re-printed here below:

"Flower’s beautiful neon guitar lines plot a course from Düsseldorf to Alpha Centauri, while Campbell’s DIY set up of drum machine, pedals and Casio keyboard conjures a punk-primitive motorik groove. The deranged mutant techno of Campbell's work as Astral Social Club soon rears its head, all rushing industrial beats, gaudy synths and brutal distorto-splatter. Flower responds with queasy phaser gloop and parabolic swoops, before locking into an unlikely, but joyous glam-rock riff on the home lap. Noisy, psychedelic splendour. Treble-heavy, chugging and occupying the brain’s most refined and oblique pleasure sensors, this is yet another essential set of prime guitar ‘n’ synth mulch." Stewart Smith @ The List.

Meanwhile, Mick has not only continued on the Vibracathedral trip, but has also played extensively solo and as half of one the most intense psych/improv drenched duos around, Flower-Corsano Duo. He has also played with Jandek, Spectre Folk, MV&EE and Sunburned Hand of the Man, among others.

http://www.last.fm/music/Michael+Flower http://astralsocialclub.wordpress.com/about/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vibracathedral_Orchestra


New band with members of Please, Beards and The Wub exploring the world of sophisticated continental pop. A preoccupation with the low end of Motown underpins their fancy contrapuntal vocal lines and spidery surf framing. They are now a four-piece and have been hand-chosen to usher in what we expect to be a magical late Summer's night.


(Room 237/Automata/Agent808@Thumpin' Thursdays)

Our Ben will be wrecking the decks of steel before, between and after the acts with his inimitable taste in experimental pop, noise, beats and wild rhythms. Buy him a pint, he'll play you a tune.


"Wharf Chambers is a members' club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect."

Ticket £5.99

Hand-made and numbered advance tickets for our lovely late summer show. Includes a FREE BOTTLE OF NORMAN RECORDS 18th BIRTHDAY PALE ALE (first come first served, collect on the night).

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Live at Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club, Leeds, Thursday 28.08.2014 by Ela Orleans / Flower Campbell Duo / Ygrec
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10/10 Lorna Customer review, 5th September 2014

I traveled from London to come to this gig. I took my boyfriend on a mystery mini-break holiday for his birthday and this gig was the first part of the surprise holiday (the holiday ended in Hebden Bridge at the Trade Club, for the Moon Duo show). Ela Orleans was fantastic. Wharf Chambers is a brilliant place to hear music - the sound is great, the locals are friendly, and the beer is tasty (especially the special Norman Records beer!).

There was nothing about this night that was not totally perfect. The handmade tickets for this gig were beautiful. There is not enough beautiful gig tickets in the world. More of these would only be a good thing. Afterwards I drew a picture of Ela and put it on my blog at https://gigsandpencils.wordpress.com


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