LISTEN: Gazelle Twin – ‘The Well’

A sinister, cinematic offering that chimes with a bleak beauty, Gazelle Twin aka Elizabeth Bernholz has shared her latest single ‘The Well’. Lifted from the official soundtrack for upcoming east-end based supernatural thriller The Power, the track is a spine-tingling offering from this multi-talented electronic music pioneer. The score will be released digitally on 8th April via Invada Records, with a vinyl release to follow.

Working alongside composer Max de Wardener to curate the score for the the film, which was written and directed by BAFTA nominated screenwriter Corinna Faith, ‘The Well’ is a piece of Bernholz’s solo vision that fitted the tone of The Power so well, it was added to the track-list without hesitation. “Working with Corinna and Max didn’t feel much like work,” Bernholz explains. “It was a long haul thrill, from our field trip to the derelict wing of Goodmayes Hospital to record squeaky trolleys and smashed pill bottles, to making countless experiments with samples, voice, and electronics, pushing them in every extreme direction we could think of. The results bring me a lot of joy. I hope the collaboration continues.”

Contrasting these samples with her sublime vocals and un-nerving electronics, Bernholz has enhanced the tension and claustrophobia that permeates Faith’s Victorian-set thriller, which follows nurse Val on her first round of night-shifts in an eerie London hospital ward. The Power will be available exclusively to stream on Shudder from 8th April.

Listen to ‘The Well’ below.

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

WATCH: Gazelle Twin – ‘Hobby Horse’

A unique artist with razor sharp creativity: Gazelle Twin (aka Elizabeth Bernholz) combines glitchy beats, menacing samples and an uncanny costume in the visuals for single ‘Hobby Horse’. It’s the first track from her forthcoming album, Pastoral, set to be released via her own label Anti-Ghost Moon Ray on 21st September.

The video, directed by long-time collaborator Chris Turner, fearlessly displays the themes of the new record; on which Bernholz “exhumes England’s rotten past” whilst simultaneously bringing “its ever-darkening present into focus”. Her costume – Morris-dancer-meets-football-hooligan – is striking enough, but when paired with Turner’s creative use of lighting, slow-mo and close-ups; the visuals become an enticing but nerve-shredding affair.

Speaking about the new video, Bernholz says: “‘Hobby Horse’ is yet another fun-but-deranged experiment in an ever-growing catalogue of collaborations with director Chris Turner. We have a mutual appreciation for the uncanny – especially the kind tinged with a bit of ultra-violence. It’s great working with someone who knows how to capitalise on every kind of “weird” there is, yet still managing to keep performance at the core”.

Gazelle Twin has been forming her own brand of “weird” since the release of her debut album, The Entire City, in 2001. She released her sophomore record Unflesh in 2014 to critical acclaim, and between Motherhood and curating another two atmospheric records (2016’s Out Of Body & 2017’s audio/visual project Kingdom Come), she’s now ready to release the highly anticipated Pastoral – which she debuted live at Supersonic festival earlier this year.

Alongside the release of the ‘Hobby Horse’ video, Gazelle Twin has announced a string of live dates, including a performance at Rough Trade East on Thursday 27th September. We can’t wait to catch her live again, and we recommend you invest in both her new record & a ticket to one of her upcoming shows. Watch the video for ‘Hobby Horse’ below and follow Gazelle Twin on Facebook for more updates.

Pre-order the album, Pastoral, here.

Gazelle Twin 2018 Live Dates
20 Sep – Vooruit, Gent BE
22 Sep – Station Narva Festival, Narva EE
27 Sep – Rough Trade East instore, London UK – 7pm
3 Oct – New Theatre, Warsaw PL (Kingdom Comeperformance)
5 Oct – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
11 Oct – Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton UK (double bill with GAIKA)

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut