Rob Knaggs and Sunday are wanderers. Having been inspired by vastly different ecologies through their expansive dream-like music, they are coming together for a visually captivating night at Metro Arts’ Epson Lumen Room on Saturday, November 16th.
ROB KNAGGS //
Brisbane avant-cellist Rob Knaggs is fast gaining a reputation with audiences for his dynamic walls of sound and live performances that transport them to the northern reaches of his adopted home in the sub-arctic. In the last five years, he’s performed concerts for beluga whales and beneath the northern lights, collaborated with throat singers, played support to Montreal sound wizard Tim Hecker, represented Manitoba at travel conferences across North America, and captivated audiences at the renowned Woodford Folk Festival.
Taking influence from the allusive ethereality of Bjork and the epic orchestrations of Arcade Fire, Knaggs runs his cello through an array of effects and loop stations to compose his spine-tingling works. Recorded at Collector Studio in Winnipeg, MB and mastered at Sigur Ros’ home studio Sundlaugin by Birgir Jon Birgirsson, Rob’s latest EP, Foreshore, showcases a performance of cinematic soundtrack and shimmering post-rock, from the bittersweet lilts of Kallie, the rumbling abrasion of Ghosting, to the final haunting textures of A Natural Response.
Knaggs’ evocative performance is enhanced by a stunning visual display of Canada’s north, recounting his years spent living in the town of Churchill, Manitoba. Captured by Tomas Taylor and Elbert Bakker, the footage of Churchill’s otherworldly ecology provides a context to the vast landscapes and isolation reflected in Rob’s brooding live set that has charmed audiences across Australia and North America.
Sunday is music drawn from the Californian desert, music that producer Aaron Shanahan has provoked from its rocks and rinsed from its open sky. As musical director, musician and singer for Indie-Dance band Miami Horror, Aaron has spent over half a decade performing, Djing, writing and collaborating-a current of exploration that has swept him inexorably towards the heart and heat of Sunday.
Sunday is a drenching of the senses-kaleidoscopic pop drifting over modulating textures. Much like the desert that inspired them, Sunday’s songs unfold gradually with gentle permutations that bloom into the mesmeric and ethereal.
This same serene detail that defines Sunday has made Aaron a much sought-after collaborator. In just a few years he has toured with the likes of Phoenix, Crystal Fighters, Washed Out, Empire of the Sun and collaborated with Goldroom, Gigamesh, Saint Lou Lou, George Maple and many more.