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347: Gordon McIntyre, Emma Kupa + Alexia Avina
16 July @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lost Map present Gordon McIntyre, Emma Kupa + Alexia Avina with Bit Cloudy
16 July 2022 at St John on Bethnal Green, midday to 2pm | advance tickets
I Know What You Did Lost Summer: the idyllic Hebridean island of Eigg is home to Lost Map, a DIY label and loose-knit collective founded by Pictish Trail in 2013, with a roster of artists as diverse as the different formats their music is released on. Be it limited edition colour vinyl, hand-stamped CD-rs, weird zines, evil streams, cassettes or even postcards, the sound of the label is unified by its passion for collecting distinctly unique voices – singers (and a poet) with a story to tell. Already a regular fixture in the Daylight Music Christmas Calendar, this forthcoming July event is the Lost Map’s first summer showcase for DM – with three solo artists performing songs from their latest releases. www.lostmap.com/artists
Edinburgh’s Gordon McIntyre cut his teeth as frontman for late-90’s indie-legends, Ballboy. A regular favourite of iconic DJ John Peel, Gordon’s observational lyrics keenly balance a sincere appreciation of beauty in the ordinary, with an often caustic, sardonic wit, crucially all delivered with a triumphant musical touch that deftly resists the turgid temptation of minor-chord miserablism so often favoured by his contemporaries. This showcase performance marks the release of the first album under his own name, Even With The Support Of Others, a record produced entirely by Gordon himself, in the rare and wee hours, alone in the attic. Preview – video
Returning to Daylight Music, from Cambridgeshire via Sheffield, Emma Kupa has also found her way as a singer-songwriter. From her beginnings with Standard Fare, to The Hayman Kupa Band, and presently Mammoth Penguins, Emma’s debut solo album, It Will Come Easier, was released by the excellent Fika Recordings, during the lockdown of 2020. Decamping to Eigg last summer, Emma took part in Lost Map’s residency series, VISITATIONS – creating a mini-album of lo-fi guitar-driven bothy ballads / croft-pop, pining for a sense of belonging, the company of loved ones, and dreaming of another world. Preview – video
Making her UK debut, New York’s diminutive Alexia Avina sits cross-legged on the floor, hunched over a bank of delay/loop pedals, hugging her guitar and approaching the microphone in an unassuming manner that suggests she’s only an apparition. The haunting serene ambience that emanates more than fills the room, centred around her beautifully crafted folk-pop songs. Following the release of 2020’s Unearth, Lost Map has put out a live session recording and a clutch of singles, with Alexia recording a further 4 more albums, due for release over the course of this year – including her most recent offering, A Little Older. Preview – video | stream
Joining the dots this week will be Bit Cloudy, as well as playing in Lost Map’s dreamy pop combo Firestations, Walthamstow’s Bit Cloudy is a prolific multi instrumentalist and electronic producer, influenced by acid house, hip hop and post rock. He has releases on Werra Foxma, Byrd Out, Gated Canal Community and the Dark Outside, and has remixed Astronauts, Pictish Trail, Veslemes and the Leaf Library. Preview – soundcloud
Pay-What-You-Can entry (we suggest £10 adult, children free) on the door, subject to availability/capacity. An event for all ages. As always with this series we endeavour to make our audience feel as safe, comfortable and welcome as we possibly can.