Will Samson + Budgee
Entry Requirements: Over 18s only
In his over 10 years of releasing records, the music of Will Samson has always been underpinned with ambient characteristics and qualities. Though often led by his tender voice, Samson’s work is deeply textural, always offering as much space for instrumental excursions as the lyrical narratives he layers above them. Until now, Will has considered his solely-ambient work more as side-projects, contemplative digressions from his more defined musical path. Having previously released an EP via 12k back in 2016, Samson returns to Taylor Deupree’s experimental label to fully embrace the genre with the release of the Harp Swells LP – his first full-length ambient album.
'Samson's meditative mix of folk and electronica has an almost spiritual dimension.' - UNCUT
'As a purveyor of music that ventures through complex sound layers and texturally rich tones, it's obvious why we are fans of his' i-D
'intricacy and tenderness recalling kindred spirits such as Nils Frahm and Sufjan Stevens' The Sunday Times
'I absolutely adore this' Mark Radcliffe, BBC 6 Music
Budgee is the duo of Canadian-born, Glasgow-based, songwriter Celine Brooks and Scottish musician Gareth Dickson, guitarist in Vashti Bunyan’s touring setup for well over a decade, and a mainstay of Taylor Deupree's ambient label 12k. Their collaboration merges ethereal guitar soundscapes with alt-folk arrangements in a blend that is both rhythmically driven and deeply atmospheric. A shortlist of Celine’s key influences include Stevie Nicks, Cat Power, Hope Sandoval, Feist, whilst Gareth’s nod towards classic British folk pickers like Bert Jansch, Davy Graham and Nick Drake, combined with more recent shoegaze/ambient/reverb-heavy material including Slowdive, The Durutti Column, Johnny Marr, as well as a blues influence in the use of slide technique.
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