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The American electronic artist who conquered global audiences and end-of-year charts alike with his debut album Space Is Only Noise in 2011 meets the pioneers of the psychedelic experience, the Joshua Light Show.
A master at confounding expectations – from the otherworldly mix of techno ingredients with Afro-jazz, lounge pop and digital/acoustic sonic collages that you can find in some of his studio work, to the unpredictable live shows – Nicolas Jaar was voted Best Live Act by Resident Advisor readers in 2012.
Seeing him accompanied by the visuals that have enchanted a generation during the late 1960s – at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East, Woodstock and live shows from the likes of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix – promises to be a truly transcendental treat.
'Nicolas Jaar has achieved something that few electronic musicians have achieved before - bringing geeky techno fiends, jazz lovers and chav ravers into an unholy union' Dazed & Confused
'One feels drawn into a fully formed, self-contained world of his making' Guardian
Evian Christ is the pseudonym of 24 year old Joshua Leary. He first came to attention in late 2011, when he posted a collection of eight mysterious tracks - accompanied by cryptic, geometric videos - on YouTube. The Fader promptly described him as "the most exciting new artist of the year", and a deal with New York's Tri Angle label quickly followed, as did the chance to work with Kanye West on his recent Yeezus album. Further proof that Leary is no run-of-the-mill producer emerged with this year's Duga-3 mini-album, a haunting, single-sided, vinyl-only release inspired by a Soviet signal transmitter.
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