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Clementine Valentine + Constant Smiles + Rasmus Blomberg

februari 29 18:00 23:59


Clemetine Valentine
Sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon make music drawn from nomadic family heritage that conjures unique moods of contrasts: ancient and modern, paradise and isolation, beauty and brokenness, ritual and the right now.

Raised itinerantly between New Zealand and Hong Kong, the sisters cut their teeth performing in renegade gallery spaces and rogue music venues across Hong Kong’s abandoned industrial estates, performing experimental noise and futuristic dream-pop under the moniker Purple Pilgrims.

The duo have since toured the world extensively alongside the likes of Ariel Pink, Aldous Harding, John Maus, and Weyes Blood. It’s a lifestyle embedded in their lineage; travelling musicians and performers go back hundreds of years on their maternal side (as documented on recordings such as The Travelling Stewarts, from 1968). As children, the sisters were taught to sing traditional balladry by their grandmother, daughter of revered Traveller musician Davie Stewart (later recorded by Alan Lomax).

While their prior works were self-produced and released via cult underground labels, the sisters have steadily refined their craft into a more fully realized and sophisticated new sound. They now perform under their birth names, and have begun collaborating with world-renowned musicians and producers – from producer Randall Dunn (Oneohtrix Point Never, Danny Elfman, Jim Jarmusch) to legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple). The Coin that Broke the Fountain Floor marks a pivotal moment in the creative evolution of Clementine and Valentine Nixon – regal and richly layered, shimmering and softly orchestral, an accumulation of songcraft stretching back centuries.

“Like if Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering cloned herself and formed an art-pop duo, Clementine Valentine pace their tracks to perfection, tenderly entwining their graceful vocals, raising their voices to the heavens when it’s needed”-ROLLING STONE

“On a first listen, a flurry of adjectives flow: ghostly, hazy, ethereal, mystical, angelic, spectral, sensual. A quick poke through the press materials reveals everyone has said the same. A victory ..  in crafting a record so steeped in a specific mood that readings of it are firmly reined in” -THE GUARDIAN 

“…Lush Melodies, Strands That Wind And Splay Like A Carpet Of Vine” -PITCHFORK “..sheer, lapping sound worlds, melded with ghostly vocals, are the sound of traversing unknown distances; the melodies are choral, but feel solitary too. ’Skin Sight’ could well have been Laura Palmer’s funeral dirge, its picked surf guitar reminiscent of the way that Lynch and Badalamenti were able to conjure something glorious and unsettling all at once” -THE QUIETUS 

Constant Smiles
Over the last half decade, the music collective Constant Smiles has produced a prolific output of acclaimed music, culminating in their 2023 release Kenneth Anger, masterfully brought to life by engineer Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Liars, Dougie Pool). The album received unanimously positive reviews from press and saw the band growing rapidly in streaming numbers at DSPs.

The group was known previously for their much-praised debut album for Sacred Bones records, Paragons, an emotionally resonant offering of indie folk masterpieces that all confront the internal ways we process our struggles with intimacies, addiction and humanity – produced by Ben Greenberg.

Rasmus Blomberg
Rasmus Blombergs indiefolk är melankolisk men skimrande, nära men drömsk. Med en förkärlek till stor dynamik varvar den göteborgsbaserade artisten lågmäld singer/songwriter med explosiv postrock och sakral atmosfär. Fram växer ett musikaliskt gränsland där skimrande chorusgitarrer och uttrycksfull sång formar en nostalgisk berättelse om saknad, men också hopp. Rasmus Blombergs debutalbum The River’s Call blev årets musik i Göteborg Direkt och i slutet av 2023 släpptes singeln Fortune Teller