GAUNT shares new single ‘Rear View Spectate-or’, announces live show at London’s ICA
GAUNT SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘REARVIEW SPECTATE-OR’
ANNOUNCES SPATIAL AUDIO LIVE SHOW PERFORMED IN COMPLETE DARKNESS AT LONDON’S ICA ON 13 SEPTEMBER
DEBUT ALBUM BLIND AT THE AGE OF FOUR, OUT 18 AUGUST
Listen to ‘Rear View Spectate-or’ here:
Last month GAUNT announced his debut album Blind at The Age of Four (18 August via his own label 3ON). Along with the announcement he shared the two lead singles ‘Sweet‘ and ‘Favourite Memory‘, with ‘Sweet’ receiving widespread support from BBC 6 Music – Mary Anne Hobbs (‘Near Future‘ track), Tom Ravenscroft and Deb Grant – along with Elizabeth Alker (BBC Radio 3 Unclassified). The track has also picked up DJ praise from the likes of Ben UFO, Mumdance, A Made Up Sound, Giant Swan and Chris Duckenfield.
Premiering last night on Tom Ravenscroft & Deb Grant‘s BBC 6 Music New Music Fix Daily show, today GAUNT has followed up with new single ‘Rear View Spectate-or’, speaking of the track he says:
“Rearview spectate-or is the chill and bruise down your spine
Rearview spectate-or is the cascading structure
Rearview spectate-or is forming in your peripheral vision”
Alongside the track GAUNT has also announced he will be performing live on 13 September at London‘s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). The live show will be performed in complete darkness using the ICA’s newly installed d&b Soundscape. The show will also be mixed live by Loss__.__Gain, a leading audio company that has been pushing the boundaries in this space with artists such as Jarvis Cocker, Anna Meredith, Duval Timothy, Gazelle Twin, Oliver Coates, Sigur Rós, Luke Abbott.
The shows dark setting ties in with the album’s title and Jack Warne aka GAUNT’s experience suffering from a rare eye condition – Thiel-Behnke Corneal Dystrophy. “I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, and if I open my eyes too quickly, I can rip the cells, they tear off, and I’ll go blind” he explains of the hereditary dystrophy he’s suffered since he was a child. This condition led to a young GAUNT spending weeks at a time in bed, in complete darkness. It was during these episodes that he first connected with music with his late-father – a key figure throughout the album who also suffered from the condition.
Blind at The Age of Four is the first full-scale entry into the anachronistic world of GAUNT – a world of music, technological experimentation and visual art. This is all bound together in a digitally rendered suit of armour. “GAUNT is the empty vessel” the producer and fine artist explains of his simultaneously modern and mediaeval avatar. “The GAUNT character is the haunting of the music. It’s a visual embodiment of the cathartic process I get out of music. That’s why it’s a suit of armour, because something needs to go into it; you put it on.”
As a fine artist, Warne has a strong pedigree thanks to his scholarship at the Royal College of Art, and outside of his work as GAUNT, Jack Warne has worked with galleries and institutions internationally such as Hannah Barry Gallery, Spiaggia Libera, YUELAI Art Museum, Collective Ending and Castor Gallery.
Pre-order Blind at The Age of Four here on vinyl and digitally:
Photo credit: Image created by Jack Warne
High-res images can be found here
13 Sep – London @ ICA
Tickets on-sale Friday 21 July at 10am here:
Blind at The Age of Four tracklist: