Several more names have been added to the Unsound Adelaide program, all of them Australian exclusives.
Chilean-American musician NICOLAS JAAR will present one of his only live shows this year in Adelaide - an ambient A/V set. While Jaar’s club music has always involved sonic exploration, over recent years his career has increasingly focused on experimentation. This includes his alternate score to Sergei Parajanov’s film The Colour of Pomegranates, performing improvised durational sets and releasing a large volume of experimental recordings through his label Other People. In 2015, Jaar also scored Dheepan by director Jacques Audiard, the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
BLISS SIGNAL had their premiere at Unsound Krakow 2017, a collaboration between Jack Adams aka DJ and producer MUMDANCE and James Kelly the front man of the now defunct black metal band ALTAR OF PLAGUES, who has also released music under the name WIFE. Bliss Signal sees them create a unique sound between metal and club music, creating a driving, immersive, pummelling sound with electronics and guitar, which also draws on black ambient, power electronics and drone. This show follows an EP and recently released album.
As for the late night club program, Unsound Adelaide will bring gqom to Australia’s shores for the first time with a set from the South African genre’s self-appointed king DJ LAG. Gqom is a rough, industrial form of house music to which DJ Lag brings a dark touch - and is spreading far and wide. DJ Lag’s Adelaide appearance makes historical sense, since his first show outside Africa was at Unsound Krakow 2016, and he also played for the first time with rapper Sho Madjozi at this year’s festival, highlighted as a standout show by Resident Advisor among others. Programmed for the same night, MUN SING is the techno sideproject of Harry Wright, one half of GIANT SWAN, who play at Unsound Adelaide at Queens. An unbridled, experimental and very noisy techno, Mixmag described Mun Sing as like “Perc and The Bug slinging dubs at each other during a subterranean soundclash full of dry ice and strobes” - which gives you some idea of the fun, ferocious nature of his live shows.
Unsound artists already announced include Ben Frost and MFO, Matmos, Yves Tumor, Eartheater, Lanark Artefax, Giant Swan, Resina, Lucas Abela, Tzusing, Ciel, ptwiggs and Emily Glass. A daytime discourse program taking place on 15th and 16th December will be announced soon, as well as details of an intimate closing party with local artists taking place at Ancient World on 16th December.
Passes and tickets to individual events are available via the Unsound Adelaide website.
The State Government of South Australia through the Music Development Office and the South Australian Tourism Commission is a major partner of Unsound Adelaide.