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One of Ireland's most intriguing acts, Halves blend a vast range of instruments, acoustic and electronic, and guarantee an evocative, cinematic live experience. Their debut album and previous releases have met with universal critical success, as well as earning them ardent fans from Tokyo to Seattle. Their eagerly awaited debut album 'It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)' was released on 29th of October 2010, and has been nominated for the choice music prize (choicemusicprize.com). Recorded in Montréal with Efrim Menuck of “Godspeed You! Black Emperor”, through a mixture of organic samples, strings, brass and choir the album has a surreal and dark beauty. The record also contains guest vocalists Amy Millan (Stars/Broken Social Scene), Katie Kim & Philip Boughton (Subplots). "'It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)' is one of the most daring, complete Irish albums of the past few years. Too often some Irish artists seem afraid to push the limits of their musical experiments; Halves are certainly not guilty of this." - state.ie (5/5) "Irish music doesn't come much more cinematic or widescreen than this ... This is not an immediate album, but it is the most rewarding kind of record - one that grows on you, drawing you deeper in with each listen." - Hotpress (4.5/5) "Every cinematic note sounds painstakingly crafted; every rich burst of strings, deep rumble of brass, or ominous piano coda finds its place amid the deliberate, stately pace of this album. A fine exercise in splendidly subdued grandeur – just remember to leave the lights on when you play it." - The Irish Times (4/5) Last Year Halves made their debut tv performance, topping the viewers choice poll on RTE's 'Other Voices' series in Spring ’09, (playing alongside the likes of Elbow and Lisa Hannigan). Halves have achieved a truly impressive resume since their debut gig in May '07. They have played all of Ireland's major music festivals, Oxegen'08, the Electric Picnic ('07 and '08), and the Hard Working Class Heroes festival ('07 and '08), sharing bills with Sigur Ros, Rage against the Machine, My Bloody Valentine and Bjork. They were also one of only 4 Irish acts selected to play the prestigious Eurosonic '08 festival in Holland (to a packed house), and since have also played festivals in the UK (London Calling June’08) and Canada (Canadian Music Week March’09). They have also supported the likes of British Sea Power, 65 Days Of Static, BellX1 and Cathy Davey, and were voted as having produced one of the finest Irish releases of 2007 with their first EP. (www.nialler9.com) In May of last year the band released their critically acclaimed record 'Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy'. This seven track EP displayed Halves' growing diversity of sound, and both eps were released across Europe and the US last Summer through Cargo. "There is a rare sense of equilibrium to this record; from the blood quickening title track to the bruised heard tenderness of 'Amberscene', all is lovingly thought out and executed. In fact, for all their celestial ambition, you'll be hard pressed to find a single superfluous note. " - AU magazine (re: Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy) "A work of brittle beauty" - Electric Picnic'08 preview booklet. "Genre fans won't want to miss out on this one" - Boomkat. "undeniably beautiful" - State magazine. Halves have developed their live show into something truly captivating; a mix of synched visuals, strings, brass, and electronics, anchored by soaring guitars and live drums. Broadly influenced, they craft intense, deeply resonant sound-scapes, blending a range of instruments – bells and glockenspiel one moment, the piano and accordion the next - over guitar crescendos, haunting strings and both acoustic and electronic drums. Theirs is a rich, multi-layered sound, ambitious, lush and cinematic. "Epically downbeat" - Irish independent, Oxegen '08 "recommended" preview "a gorgeous, tranquil wash of glazed ambience and dreamy guitar noise".......Onlookers will not forget that, for a stretch, this performance possessed a cosmic beauty that few others can reach" Hot Press magazine (HWCH live review)

My Artists Sessions

Thursday, March 17

11:00pm CDT