Chuck Johnson & Fletcher Tucker
Entry Requirements: Over 18s only
We're really excited about this one. Chuck Johnson's Balsams was one of our favourites of last year and Fletcher Tucker released the fantastic Cold Spring and previously released beautiful things under the moniker Bird By Snow.
Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, minimalism and soundtrack composition. Recordings of his work have been published by VDSQ, Trouble in Mind, Scissor Tail, Merge, and Three Lobed, among others.
He has toured internationally and performed at the Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC), Debacle Fest (Seattle), the Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Siren Fest (New York), BENT (New York) and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Johnson’s credits as a film composer include scores for the HBO documentary Private Violence and the popular PBS show A Chef’s Life. In 2009 he received an MFA in Electronic Music and Intermedia Art from Mills College.
"You can feel air moving, sand sifting, and sun baking as Johnson’s guitar chords gradually stretch across the horizon. It feels like a universe unto itself." Pitchfork, 8.1
"For its obvious beauty, Balsams is remarkably unself-conscious; Johnson has created a work in music that seems to comes from within the hearts of things seen and unseen, rather than attempt to explore or theorize about them from the outside." AllMusic, 4*
Fletcher Tucker (formerly recording under the name Bird By Snow), makes his home in Big Sur, California. Songs are smuggled back from hikes through the energetic and physical wilderness of the Sacred West. Tucker's records are defined by intricate compositions, mytho-poetic lyricism, and graceful multi-instrumentalism. In performance Tucker creates a sonic ecosystem by layering rhythms and melodies with looping-pedals, guitar, drum, and voice.
"(Cold Spring is) a reflection of an artist’s total immersion in the idea of “place,” its spectral songs often swallowed up in the shadows of giant redwoods, the coos of owls, and the howls of far-off coyotes." Aquarium Drunkard
"In Cold Spring, Tucker sinks into the redwoods and roots out something ancient and always. (It) billows with grandeur, but understands its small footprint on the timeline of being." NPR