“Amazing percussionist and Hang player”– Björk
“Intriguingly beautiful… A mercurial sound indeed”– DJ Mag
“A man with a head full of ideas”– Songlines
Celebrated percussionist, producer and composer Manu Delago returns to Brighton on 29th March at the Hope and Ruin to mark the release of his third solo album, ‘Metromonk’ (Tru Thoughts). ‘Metromonk’ finds this boundary-testing artist distilling and delicately exploring extremes of dynamics and mood; manipulating the Hang drum in experimental and inventive ways, the many voices and tones of this rare instrument are given top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources.
“I wanted to create fresh, electronic soundscapes that are generated through live performance and therefore feel organic and human”, Delago explains. Almost all of the effects on the Hang are applied live during one-take performances. “It may initially sound like programming or production, but it’s all happening there in the moment”.
This new music builds on an illustrious spell for Delago, whose ambitious 2015 LP ‘Silver Kobalt’ won over tastemakers from BBC 6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts to Radio 2’s Alex Lester, Nitin Sawhney and Jamie Cullum (who snapped him up for a Maida Vale session), and was also loved by i-D, Clash, DJ Mag and more.