Virginia Wing is the musical collaboration of Alice Merida Richards and Sam Pillay, formed in 2012 and currently based in Manchester. Acutely aware of the misguided perceptions when operating within the paradigm of a male-female electronic duo, their music is a sprawling amalgamation of experimental pop songs with texture, depth and nuance; that’s daring, progressive and forever bold. After two stunning albums, they return with politically charged new album ‘Ecstatic Arrow’ (out now on Fire Records) that reminds us “of the astonishing things you can do with pop music (The Quietus). ‘Ecstatic Arrow’ borrows from the heterogeneous terrain of The Flying Lizard’s ‘Fourth Wall’, the exuberant technology assisted pop of Yellow Magic Orchestra and the playful sophistication of Lizzy Mercier Descloux, arriving at the evergreen intersection of pop music and conceptual art. The voice of Alice Merida Richards is more compelling and expressive than ever. The glacial deadpan of previous records has given way to a more candid, self-possessed delivery, showing an appreciation for the humour and tragedy innate in the downtown Arcadia of Laurie Anderson, Robert Ashley or even Lynn Goldsmith’s Will Powers.
In 2017 Virginia Wing released collaborative self-titled album with Xam Duo, saxophonist Christopher Duffin regularly plays live with the duo and can be heard on the new album. They also covered lost Suzanne Menzel track “I Feel It Starts Again” with Jane Weaver on Fire Records’ curated EP ‘Lost Library’and their Record Store Day EP ‘Rhonda’ (2016) saw them collaborate with Koichi Yamanoha (Grimm Grimm). Headlining tours across the UK and Europe, the group have supported artists as disparate as Metronomy and Jenny Hval and recently toured for the second time with Hookworms (Alice also duets with MJ on ‘Each Time We Pass’ on LP ‘Microshift’). With festival appearances including Glastonbury, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and Rewire, they were recently selected for the 6Music Recommends stage at The Great Escape. This summer they will be playing Sea Change Festival before a run of live dates in October 2018 that sees them play their largest headline show to date at Oslo in Hackney.
Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator Maddy Wilde have been making music together for most of their lives. As Moon King, the two singers weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic. Many of their songs appeal to our darker subconscious desires, reveling in the embrace of fear and ego as a means of escape. Moon King released two EP’s, Obsession I and II on Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk’s label One Big Silence, re-released in Europe by Tough Love Records in the fall of 2013, and are working on their debut full-length.
Paige Emery is a musician and painter based in Los Angeles. With a background of intensive training in fine arts, Emery uses sound to explore realms beyond the confines of traditional technique. Blending electronic and analog instruments, Emery crafts lo-fi outsider pop with moments of dissonance that is reflected in her visual art. Her synthesis of oil painting and video art is projected onto her in her live performances to create a living, breathing, infinitely transforming multimedia work.