I’ve always been a believer that artists need space and time to develop, aware that those thrown into the spotlight too soon, often end up on scrapheap before they’ve even got going. Manchester is the perfect city to hone your craft, away from industry eyes but very much part of a vibrant and competitive scene. Having previously fronted Letters To Fiesta, Anna-Louisa Etherington will be a familiar voice to many, and it feels like her musical development might be reaching it’s destination with new project Acre Tarn.
Debut track, This Once is a perfect example of how to balance electronic minimalism with inventive textured beats. With the right production now behind her, Etherington’s ethereal vocal channels Karin Dreijer Andersson; darkly seductive, pushing you towards the edge of a dream.
Acre Tarn support Alpines at The Deaf Institute on June 11th.
“I just wanted a little piece of heaven”
Trianglecuts is an emerging project from Manchester based artist Gwendolen Osmond. Channelling the gothic electronica of Zola Jesus, The Sinner is her strongest work to date, built around an array of elemental textures and dark landscapes. Her voice is seductive and confessional, breathing above a twinkling piano arrangement. Although still in the development stage, it’s certainly exciting to see a very clear direction in both sound and vision.
I first discovered D Lucille Campbell singing for indiepop band ‘Help Stamp Out Loneliness’ and I totally fell in love that night. She reminded me of Katie Sketch from The Organ.
Her androgynous voice/look were a complete antidote to all the overly twee indiepop that seems to be in fashion these days.
A couple of years later and she’s followed her own path – dark electronica that has been compared to Zola Jesus. Latest track ‘Valhalla‘ is another example of why she’s totally unique to Manchester.