PLAID BRING a beauty, melodicism, and sensuality to electronic music that is all too rare. The Kraftwerk/krautrock inspired soundscapes of their latest album, The Digging Remedy, is an ideal meeting place for hardened electronica enthusiasts and those new to the form.
Galway will have a chance to see the band - Ed Handley and Andy Turner - when they play Strange Brew at the Róisín Dubh on Thursday September 8 at 9pm.
Like early Kraftwerk, The Digging Remedy, which came out in June on the prestigious Warp label, features flute and guitar, provided by multi-instrumentalist Benet Walsh, and it serves to compliment Handley and Turner's electro grooves, pulse, and atmospherics. The music has a mellowness far removed from rave and house, but its strong sense of rhythm makes it music which can be appreciated by those determined to dance, as well as those who wish to chill and listen.
The duo's strong sense of structure has come from years of collaboration from Björk and Nicolette, and remix work for Goldfrapp and Herbert. In the 2000s they worked on film soundtracking, with their scores for Michael Arias's Tekkonkinkreet and Heaven's Door being their best known.
Equally strong is the duo's visual aesthetic - whether in artwork, videos, or on-stage projections. Their current tour is set to involve them 'playing' a visual sequencer, with custom screens built for three-dimensional image mapping, and they speak excitedly about the possibilities of working with virtual reality.
Tickets are available at www.roisindubh.net, the Ticket Desk at OMG Zhivago, Shop Street, and The Róisín Dubh.