Rival Consoles @ EartH, Tuesday 2nd October
Persona by Rival Consoles is one of the best electronic albums of 2018 and Ryan West is developing a reputation for putting on memorable live shows also which means this date at new Hackney venue EartH on Tuesday is one not to be missed.
James Holden & The Animal Spirits @ Purcell Room, Thursday 4th October
Last year’s album by James Holden and The Animal Spirits remains a pleasingly progressive, satisfyingly difficult-to-classify piece of work and Thursday offers a chance to see much of it performed live at the newly refurbished Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre.
Lisa Hannigan & S T A R G A Z E @ Barbican, Thursday 4th October
Lisa Hannigan has operated in contemporary folk circles for some time but 2016’s album At Swim saw her delivery her strongest set of songs to date. On Thursday at the Barbican she will play them with orchestral ensemble S T A R G A Z E to give them even greater depth and beauty.
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood @ Union Chapel, Friday 5th October
With Animals by Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood may register as one of the surprise album successes of 2018. Both artists have worked together for over five years but the combination of Lanegan’s deep vocals and Garwood’s understated guitar alongside electronic beats here has resulted in one of their emotionally engaging listens yet.
Haiku Salut @ St John on Bethnal Green, Friday 5th October
Haiku Salut have been a band we’ve enjoyed for many years at musicOMH. New album There Is No Elsewhere showcases their strengths extremely well and Friday’s show at St John on Bethnal Green is one of their famed lamp shows (where a selection of lamps are illuminated in co-ordination with their music) so should be pretty special.
Tim Hecker @ Barbican, Saturday 6th October
On latest album Konoyo Canadian soundscape master Tim Hecker worked with Tokyo Gakuso, a traditional Gagaku court ensemble from Japan. The results see him retain the dark ambient sound that have elevated him to the top of his genre over the last 15 years but also introduces fresh elements to the mix. This show at the Barbican will see Hecker perform the album with Tokyo Gakuso with support from highly-regarded Kara-Lis Coverdale.
Daylight Music @ Union Chapel, Saturday 6th October (12:00-14:00)
The autumn season of Daylight Music continues on Saturday lunchtime with another highly appealing trio of acts appearing at Union Chapel from 12:00-14:00. Caoilfhionn Rose has been compared to the likes of Broadcast and Peter Broderick and has worked with the Durutti Column and Matthew Halsall. StringTing meanwhile is a flagship ensemble from Tomorrow’s Warriors, the music education organisation that works with some of the best young jazz talent in the UK. Finally, Abimaro is a London-based singer who has previously worked with the likes of Zero 7 and The Cinematic Orchestra. It’s a typically diverse Daylight Music bill and will undoubtedly be another great event.