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33-35 Stoke Newington Road N16 8BJ London
Starts Thursday, 19/01/17 11:00
Basement Tapes presents:
We are delighted to present the album launch show for Jack Cheshire's latest release, 'Black Light Theatre'.
Support comes from Jouis
In spite of the lavish praise afforded to 2013’s Long Mind Hotel, Jack Cheshire is not one for resting on his laurels, and so he decided to tackle the writing process for his fourth album somewhat differently:
“I put myself in isolation for a few weeks. I approached songwriting as a job and kept certain hours. Got up at half eight, started work at half nine, and finished around seven. I didn't see or speak to anyone for this period. I had the nucleus of an album but the music was in a state of flux, and we David Pearson (guitar), Andrea Di Biase (double bass) and Jon Scott (drums) drafted, redrafted and lived with different versions of the songs.”
Far from constraining Cheshire’s creativity, this renewed discipline (writing and recording took place over 11 months in 2014-15) led to the widescreen joy that is Black Light Theatre, an album which retains all of the warm psych-folk that he has become known for while adding new colour and depth to his palette.
Cheshire cites a diverse set of influences for the album’s textures and arrangements, including Can, Grizzly Bear and Television. Yet equally important to him was David Foster Wallace’s dystopian novel Infinite Jest, whose themes of addiction, mental health, drugs and gratification resonated greatly with a songwriter unafraid to experiment: “I try and turn off any filters in my mind and let things out. My songs are about the human condition as it relates to the static in my head.”
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