Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Woodpecker Wooliams Album Launch @ Vortex, 7th September 2012, 8pm.

"Brighton's Gemma Williams enchanting solo masterpieces are laced with lo-fi murder folk and droning harps" - David Newbury / The Independent

"Assuming various personas to deliver her astonishingly dark, heartfelt, and resoundingly odd compositions, [Woodpecker  Wooliams] leaves much of the crowd crammed into the indoor, intimate second stage in stunned silence. You can guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like it.” Subbacultcha

Folie a Deux & Robot Elephant Records are very excited to announce the album launch of Brighton's Woodpecker Wooliams at the Vortex in Dalston on 7th September. With support from Bronze Medallists and very special guests. There will also be DJ sets from Robot Elephant Records founders.

A resident of Brighton, a keeper of bees, all round naturophile and lover of Russian Dolls Woodpecker Wooliams aka Gemma Williams originally comprised of vocals and harp, the odd bell, chime and whistle has now more recently begun to encompass an altogether fuller, electronic, droney sound. With an unnerving sweet tremolo voice comparable to Joanna Newsom, live she is bold and fearless and delivers an alluring, understatedly dramatic set.

Her new single 'Sparrow' is currently getting daily plays on 6Music including from Steve Lamaq and Tom Raventscroft, you can check out the video premiered on The Line of Best Fit here. She will also appear on Uncuts CD cover for it's September issue.

What an extroadinary life Gemma has had! From being initiated onto a Shamanistic path when she was 20 years old, to delivering babies as an auxiliary maternity nurse, to living in Devon after recovering from a severe illness. It is these life experiences that led to the creation of Woodpecker Wooliams. Delving into beautiful and mesmerising folk she then found herself moving towards exploring “mental, horrible, distorted noise”, in an almost compulsive effort to bring some balance to her music. As a result she has now created something genuinely unique and awe inspiring.

Robot Elephant Records - an electronic label - will be releasing her debut album 'The Bird School of Being Human' on the 10th of September.

We look forward to celebrating with you on the 7th September at the Vortex!

Tickets are £5.50 and you can them here
RSVP to our Facebook event here

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Trwbador + Geese + Wolf Alice + Sarah Johns Music Party @ The Old Queens Head, 26th July 2012

Folie à Deux are incredibly proud to present Trwbador + Wolf Alice + Geese + Sarah Johns Music Party are playing at the beautiful Old Queens Head in Angel on the 26th July.

Like mind-blowing vocals, mad violins, drums and beats? This is for you! A FREE night combining electronic-folk, experimental anti-folk and avant-garde pop it is going to be a night of breathtakingly beautiful and exciting sounds.

--- TRWBADOR --- 

Trwbador are the wonderful electronic folk and 'avant-pop' duo from South Wales, described by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) as 'one of the most exciting bands in Wales' and celebrated by 6 Music DJ's Lauren Laverne and Marc Riley. Combining minimalist yet experimental vocals and beats they create a beautiful, unique and hypnotic sound. Check out their beautiful sounds here: ('Sun in the Winter' being a personal favourite').

---- WOLF ALICE ----

Wolf Alice, recently headlining Communion, are a 4-piece band who mix electronic music with folk - simple, stripped down lo-fi instrumentation - accompanied by beautifully pure vocals from lead singer Ellie Roswell. The band have been around for a while but it is with their latest EP 'Wolf Alice' that they have really focused their eclectic sound.

You can hear their beautiful new single 'Wednesday' here:

---- GEESE ----

Geese are like the remixes they've produced for Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins, James Yorkston and David Homes, constructed entirely from the sounds of cellos, violas, violins and drums. A huge epic sound live they supported Mariners Children and Rozi Plain last January and totally blew us away. 'The music can alternately sound as though you're looking out from on high and observing miles of beautiful wilderness… For its quality and uniqueness, and full gamut of emotions, Geese is something to hear.'


Sarah Johns Music Party has this year supported the likes of Mariee Sioux, Maia and Liam Bailey.

Compared to the likes of Tune-Yards, Lykke Li and Camille for her raw and experimental approach to sound, unusual vocal arrangements and theatrical performances, Sarah's voice is soulful, sweet, yet enigmatic.

Accompanied by ritualistic drums and utilising a loop-pedal to layer her wide ranging vocals and percussion, she creates a sound that is pure, tribal, mesmerising and hypnotic. 'Calm yet theatrical, unusual and beautiful, lyrical yet melody-driven folk; with a Billie Holiday-esque twist to the use of her very flexible vocals. Unique.'