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Nathalie Stern

Nathalie Stern

Dec 17th 2017 @ Empty Shop HQ

Durham, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, December 17th, 2017
4:30 PM
Empty Shop HQ
Durham, United Kingdom
Existing outside of any one genre or scene Nathalie Stern's minimal but distinctive largely electronic set up uses looped vocals and melodic lines to build up a mysterious web of sound that has enthralled and transfixed anyone who has managed to catch her live in recent times. Its foreboding without sacrificing any beauty, experimental but is rooted in the folk tradition.

Swedish born, but now settled in Newcastle Stern says her music is sound focused resulting in what could be described as dark, emotive droney electronica.

Major influences on Stern are filmmaker John Carpenter and Polish composer Kryzysztof Komeda who wrote the soundtrack for the Roman Polanski's movie 'The Fearless Vampire Killers'. 'The Carpenter influence is very clear in one of my tracks which is essentially a homage to him, but it's more subtle in the rest of my stuff by just reflecting similar sounds. Polanski's Fearless Vampire Killers was my absolute favourite film when I was eight I watched it pretty much every week for nearly a year'.

In March Nathalie appeared at Sage Gateshead for BBC 3's Free Thinking Festival and in July she headlined The Northern Electric Festival at The Cluny so we are very, very happy that she has agreed to bring her unique, experimental ways and means and her multiple loop stations to Durham's Empty Shop HQ for a special pre Christams show.

Nathalie will be joined by members of Newcastle's Noize Choir, a group of sound enthusiasts who explore the sonic possibilities of the human voice.

Nathalie has had radio play on Stuart Maconie's very excellent BBC 6 Music Freak Zone On introducing 'A Life' Maconie said - 'I love this track'.

'Poor timekeeping made me miss most of Nathalie Stern's set, but the song I did see A Life was phenomenal'. NARC

'I write songs about Norse Trolls' Nathalie Stern


CHARLIE THOMAS is a singer/songwriter who is into the scuzzier, more bohemian end of US culture. Scuzzier end? We are talking the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but, burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. In other words: the beat poets (that 'mad' quote, of course, is from Jack Kerouac).

It's just him and his guitar, but Charlie Thomas manages to conjure up a real atmosphere, not least with Betting on a Miracle, which is driven by a choppy melody and has a Doors unplugged vibe. (His voice also has some of the command of Jim Morrison never a bad thing.) In November he released an EP entitled 'American Death Poems', which features a collection of songs that have been inspired by the aforementioned beat poets.

We reckon this gig is going to out-freak even the Freak Zone!
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