Monday, 30 April 2012


Brainlove Festival 2012 is happy to announce three more acts added to this year’s line-up. Joining the likes of Dad Rocks!, Crushed Beaks, Female Band and Napoleon IIIrd are electronic producer Enjoyed (pictured above), synth-rock-noise-improv duo AK/DK, and Estonian drone/shoegaze band Väljasõit Rohelisse. Enjoyed has currently garnered wide-spread media attention for new track ‘Teeth’, what The Guardian called “music firmly in 2012”, while AK/DK are currently out touring Europe with The Dandy Warhols.

Väljasõit Rohelisse were a standout band at Tallinn Music Week, and are brought to the UK in conjunction with the Estonian festival. Says festival organiser John Brainlove: "VR played at the Brainlove night at Tallinn Music Week and blew everyone's minds with their narcotic drones, creepy green lights and smoke. We're really excited to be hosting their first ever UK performance."
We’re also happy to announce media partnerships with DIY magazine, as well as web coverage and live video sessions from The 405 and 7bitArcade. We will also be bringing you a DIY Radio festival special in May.

Along with all this, we will soon be unveiling a series of exclusive interviews with each artist on Snipe as well as an exclusive streamable and downloadable compilation starring all the festival’s line-up of acts.

Tickets are on sale now at priced £12.

"part Balearic, part house, part synth-pop, all vibes" - XLR8R
"Tropical tones to see off the last of winter... absolutely worth a spin" - DUMMY
"head-nodding atmospherics and gorgeous synth work" - Dipped In Dollars"an intelligent appropriation of pop song structures, dabbling in the abstract realm of blips and glitches...
we can report back that his live set-up is just as enthralling."
- The Line Of Best Fit

"What do we know about the mysterious Enjoyed? We know he is Peter Evans-Pritchard, and he describes his music as "joystep". We also know he was named after a Chemical Brothers B-side (not his birth name, that would be ridiculous). Oh, and he's also a musical synesthete, creating bespoke art for each song he records based on colours he sees in the music. So the excellent Teeth, premiered here exclusively, looks like a swirling mass of purple and green or a print for the best tie-dye T-shirt this side of of the early 70s. Musically, however, we're firmly in 2012, specifically the kind of dreamy bedroom-producer feel of Chad Valley and Seams. That's not to say Pritchard buries the song's melodies beneath lo-fi production or allows it to meander. One of Teeth's many charms is that it launches into a soaring chorus about a minute in and builds and builds with layers of vocals and Technicolor synths." - The Guardian



"swathes of echoing noise and passages of hypnotic minimalism, they disappear behind a wall of swirling smoke and emerging as their throbbing, dark repetitions chase it away. Their compositions ebb and flow invitingly, pushing their persuasive, teasing tendrils through the crowd and making the air feel thick with sound." - The Line Of Best Fit


Väljasõit Rohelisse is an Estonian quintet, playing one chord psychedelia with swamp blues, surf and Krautrock tinges, bathed in green light and shrouded in smoke. A 10” EP entitled “Külastus” will be released in the UK on Brainlove this June 4th, in collaboration with Estonian label OneSense.

Väljasõit Rohelisse (trans: ”Roadside picnic”) is the Estonian title for a short novel by Soviet sci-fi writers the Strugatsky brothers. It is read to you by Lauri (tremolos, echos, amateur surf sounds), Martin (cathedral electronics, space shots and prairie licks), Eiko (motoric boom), Kersten (sound magician) and Marit (heartbeats, glittering tambourines and killer claps).


"“Rhythmic and synthy, they’re like a more direct Add N To (X) – you’ll be astounded how much they can achieve from behind their kits. AK/DK completely blew me away."” - SOURCE“"Music you want to lose yourself on the dancefloor to”" - God Is In The TV


AK/DK are Graham Sowerby (drums and synths) and Ed Chivers (drums and synths), currently out touring Europe as support to The Dandy Warhols. Their shows include improvisations. from the chaotic to the beautiful, and the simplicity of the line-up allows them the freedom to create improvised layers of fuzzed-up synths, delays and arpeggios, and thunderous double drums. The sound has been described as a mixture between Battles, Death From Above 1979, Raymond Scott and Neu, moving between progressive/motorik rhythms to beautiful melodic sections, from abstract electronics and raucous energy. They've been seen earned supporting and remixing artists as diverse as Fujiya & Miyagi, Three Trapped Tigers, Damo Suzuki, Napoleon IIIrd, The Woo!Worths, and ManRaySky.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Brainlove Festival 2011 Video Report


"A truly enjoyable day of DIY music culture." - Artrocker

"If there's one thing London label Brainlove Records could never be accused of, it's being predictable... a prismatic cross-section of amazing bands." - The Line Of Best Fit

"your essential glimpse into the thriving UK underground is back with another packed bill of pop oddities, brand new talents, breaking leftfield acts and cult stars." - Contact Music

"If Brainlove Festival was about pushing boundaries, it achieved... this event makes it clear there are great things going on out there." - Clinton Cawood, Clash Magazine

"This annual shindig is a well-spring of the leftfield... the prospect of a Brainlove Festival 2012 is a tantalising one." - Richard Pairmain, Amelia's Magazine

"The roster rivals any mini-festival staged this summer in the capitol city... the Brainlove collective is one of the most interesting record label and art collectives currently operating in the Southeast." - Shain Shapiro, London Tour Dates

Saturday, 7 May 2011

07/05/11 New Bastardgeist Live Session

Chicago's Bastardgeist has released this stunning live session in advance of his UK tour. See him at Brainlove Festival, or at the dates below...

Sun 22 Norwich - Playhouse Bar (with Octagon Court)
Mon 23 Cardiff - Ten Feet Tall (with Chris T-T / Pagan Wanderer Lu)
Wed 25 Oxford - Christchurch Cathedral
Thu 26 Newcastle - Morden Tower
Fri 27 Leeds - TBC
Sat 28 London - BRNLV Festival (with Meursault, Patterns, Napoleon IIIrd & More)

Friday, 29 April 2011

29/04/11: BRNLV FSTVL INTERVIEW #1 - Multiphonic Rodent

All the way from Estonia comes Multiphonic Rodent, a super-exciting addition to the Brainlove Festival bill. A one-man act using loops, guitar, drums, clarinet, and whatever else he can lay his hands on, Erkki Höbe makes lo-fi pop compositions with an exciting edge of improvisation. He'll play in the outdoor stage - full schedule to come soon.

Multiphonic Rodent - Princess & Page by snipelondon

1. Hello! We're really happy you're playing Brainlove Festival. Could you introduce yourself?

My name is Erkki Hõbe and I'm from Tartu, Estonia. I've performed as Multiphonic Rodent since 2008. My influences range from classical minimalism, progressive/avant-garde/indie rock to jazz and electronica. I can play guitar, piano, organ, synthesizers, clarinet, flute, drums and tuned percussion. Loop pedal is the main tool that enables me to perform live, as my repertoire ranges from fully improvised pieces to through-composed material influenced by Steve Reich, anything can happen in between.

2. Tell us a bit about the song you've given us.

"Princess & Page" is my foray into pop composition, that still retains the keen sense of eclectic experimentalism. It's a very accessible song, but it's also an exercise in gradual buildup until the finale which peaks in intensity. First part of it is a deliberate exercise in pedal tone based drone pop, followed by a pretty melody rendered first on vocals, then on the brass section, topping it all off with a noisy fuzz-organ solo over a punk-ish rhythm section.

3. Do you have a favourite festival performance? Both from a festival you've played, and a show by another artist...

I was very happy to play at Tallinn Music Week. It was technically not my best performance ever, but the best festival experience so far. Not to mention, I was really happy to play live again after a seven month absence, mostly due to my winter exile in Portugal. Another band that impressed me at the same festival was Cleaning Women. A Finnish trio with self-invented instruments with such Neubauten-esque intensity which makes most "gothic" synth combos sound like Holiday Inn lounge bands!

4. How about a few words for curious readers wondering what to expect from your performance at BRNLV Festival this year?

A friend of mine once said that my live performance is like a film. I definitely strive for a well thought out and well-presented repertoire with peaks in intensity as well as healthy doses of quiet mellowness. I'm also road-testing my most recent compositional ambition: a continuous 30-40 minute looper concerto in several movements and without breaks. It's likely to remain a work in progress as each concert is bound to teach me a lesson or two about what works best and what aspects still need fine tuning.

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Monday, 11 April 2011

11/04/11 - Broxen Pixel (VJ) & Song, By Toad (DJ) Join the Lineup

We're very excited to announce that Matthew Young of the brilliant Song, By Toad blog will be DJing in the afternoon period of the festival; and the hugely talented film maker Broken Pixel will be doing some live visual mixing. See his handiwork below. This Brainlove Festival is going to look & sound better than ever before!

Napoleon IIIrd - Rough Music from Brainlove on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

08/04/11 - Meursault To Headline Brainlove Festival

We're super excited to announce that the headliner of Brainlove Festival 2011 will be the spine-tingling, emotive indie/electronica of MEURSAULT from Edinburgh. We've been huge fans since their fabulous LP, "All Creatures Will Make Merry", and it's an honour to have them down.

Meursault - Crank Resolutions by snipelondon