A very special intimate show as part of Atlantic Sessions – register for free tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/documenta-ex-magician-and-guests-tickets-28903703756
Influenced by the English guitar minimalism emanating from 1980s Rugby, the darkness and light of Detroit’s hit factory, and the German Kosmische set’s concrète groove – Documenta present a true psychedelia through repetition, melody and rhythm. A patient year-long process of experimentation and mixing – where the group added “washing machines, aircraft and the sound of Saturday night” – encouraged a fuller overall feel and a marked sonic progression.
“We experimented at home quite a bit before returning to the studio so we got to stretch our imagination. We’re constantly learning as a band and this seemed like the next musical step.”
Drone Pop #1 is the second album by cosmic drone-pop septet Documenta. Recorded over four days at Start Together Studios Belfast by Ben McAuley and the band, it also features additional production from David Holmes on ‘Love As A Ghost’.
exmagician’s debut album Scan The Blue, released by Bella Union on March 25th, sees longtime collaborators Danny Todd and James Smith looking to the future with new vigour and confidence. Danny and James last broke cover as the songwriters behind Cashier No.9, whose lush, David Holmes-produced album To The Death Of Fun (Bella Union) brought them critical acclaim (Best Album at the NI Music Awards, shortlisted for Best Album of 2011 by the Irish Times), strong radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Radio 2 and a string of sold-out club dates and major festival appearances across the UK and Ireland.
Since then the pair have moved on and returned with something new. Self-written and produced with the help of Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, General Fiasco, Mojo Fury), Scan The Blue leaves behind the Laurel Canyon sheen of Cashier No.9 in favour of something louder, fuzzier and grittier, born of a playful attitude, greater confidence and a load of new pedals and synths.
Atlantic Sessions is a Causeway Coast and Glens Funded Event and the charity partner is Help Musicians NI.