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Thursday 7th July 2022

J.Zunz / Neko / Kate Francis

— Rough Trade Bristol
Finally, fingers crossed, we host the hypnotic, swirling sonics of J.Zunz
price: Headfirst Tickets

Information:

Fantome & Rough Trade Bristol present

J.Zunz
+ Neko
+ Kate Francis
Thursday 7th July
7.30pm
£5 advance

At the fourth(?) time of trying, we finally have the incredible J.Zunz coming to Rough Trade Bristol. With a new album out via Rocket recordings, join us for the Bristol leg of her headline tour. Sonically, expect syncopated synths, crescendos that will vibrate your brain and a hypnotic pulsing dance floor.

J.Zunz (Rocket Recordings)
Lorena Quintanilla’s journey as J. Zunz continues with her third solo release, and her second for Rocket Recordings after 2020’s ‘Hibiscus’. Recorded in a vociferously windy area of Enseneda, Mexico, where Lorena spent a strict lockdown, ‘Del Aire’ exorcises the troubles she encountered during the period, in the process creating both what she describes as a “continuity and discontinuity” from ‘Hibiscus’, and extracting a similar, yet fresh strain of emotional complexity.
With the atmospheric and natural theme of air at the heart of the creative process, Lorena has created an extraordinarily spacious work. The synths of ‘Lineal’ thrive on pulse-like repetition, gathering from a luscious sweeping panorama into a bruising orchestral crescendo. Elsewhere, as on ‘Del Aire’ the discordant-meets-melodic sonics dwell somewhere adjacent to Gazelle Twin. Both Lorena’s vocals and her distinctive crystalline avant aesthetic are writ large throughout the reverberations of ‘Cruce’ and ‘Horizonte’ as well as on the anxiety-rending exhortations closing the surreally meditative ‘Outsides’.
Parts beautifully reflects organic instrumentation through Lorena’s electronic prism. ‘Ráfaga’, meanwhile, sees caustic drums enact glitchy, stop-start rhythms. Here, and on the hypnotic ‘Nina’, Lorena gilds the narcotic power of Miles Davis’s ‘On The Corner’ – with trumpet recorded by Freddie Murphy (Father Murphy) – into electronically contorted shapes.
Through the mellifluous repetition, the cathartic buzzsaw moments and the elemental force of the album’s conceptual core, ‘Del Aire’ acts as an intimate echo chamber vicariously healing the listener’s wounds besides Lorena’s own.

Neko
Bristol's newest post-krautrock / electronica hybrid showcase their sprawling soundscapes and glistening melodies. The euphoric place where Mogwai and Air meet, a shimmering soundtrack.

Kate Francis
Born to an engineer and a scientist in the middle of Norfolk's nowhere (now firmly planted in Bristol), self-producing artist, Kate Francis, creates what she describes as ‘sad groove’; a mix of haunting, ambient trip-hop, with honest, soul-bearing lyrics and a captivating intensity pulled from the trauma and stresses of the millennial generation. With a debut EP (and complimentary short film) in the works, Kate Francis’ debut Bristol performance is bound to be groovy af.

Event photos for J.Zunz / Neko / Kate Francis:

J.Zunz / Neko / Kate Francis at Rough Trade Bristol
J.Zunz / Neko / Kate Francis in Bristol 2022

Artist Videos:

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J. Zunz - Y
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J Zunz – Ráfaga
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J. Zunz - Hibiscus (2020)
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J. Zunz - Circle of Time

Artist Audio:

J. Zunz
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