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Upset The Rhythm Presents: AMOR (Night School Records)
February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Upset The Rhythm presents…
Friday 1 February
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, Harringay Warehouse District, N4 1DN
7.30pm | £7 | https://link.dice.fm/amor-utr
AMOR is a new quartet based largely in Glasgow, consisting of Richard Youngs, Luke Fowler, Michael Francis Duch and Paul Thomson. AMOR is master-class in blissful, searching, avant-disco fuelled by telepathic ensemble playing and an untouchable, higher joy. Though a young grouping, AMOR’s members have separate exceptional histories in modern music. Richard Youngs has a 140+ long discography covering any number of musics often invented by Youngs himself, while Luke Fowler is an award winning film-maker and visual artist, as well as an electronic musician in his own right. Paul Thomson is a drummer and percussionist with Franz Ferdinand and The Yummy Fur and Michael Francis Duch is a double bassist based in Norway with deep roots in the world of improvisation and minimalist composition. Most important, however, is that AMOR is the sound of a band, as one.
Collectively, AMOR strike a balance between hefty, bass-thick kicks and crisp percussion, an elastic double bass that lends bounce and class to the groove and floating piano chords recalling a warped take on Philadelphia International Records or a version of Can decimating the disco charts of late 70s USA. Steeped in de-constructivist disco practices similar to Arthur Russell yet fully immersed in a higher love, never forsaking movement and joy for ego, AMOR’s embrace of the avant garde and the simplicity of feeling brings forth light. While at times the focal point, Richard Youngs’ vocals are immeshed in the mix, a plaintive, cosmic call and response with the outside. AMOR’s debut album, titled ‘Sinking Into A Miracle’, is due out this December via Night School Records, who also released the group’s previous couple of glorious EPs.