It feels like a dream to announce that I will be performing at Roadburn 2020 in the Netherlands. It’s an honor to be asked to be part of this festival, and I’m so excited to play it alongside my friends in Elizabeth Colour Wheel and fellow Flenser artists Midwife, Mamaleek, and Giles Corey. I’m still in a grateful daze wrapping my head around how my home recordings are taking me to a place like this.
“Drowse is an outlet for Kyle Bates to explore his place in the world; his music echoes what he experiences on the varied paths of this internal-reflection. Sometimes those paths lead to extraordinary places – this year’s Light Mirror LP was inspired by an isolated trip to northern Iceland where he took up an artistic residency in 2018. The melancholic results are the sonic equivalent of a sliver of sunlight permeating an otherwise bleak and drizzly morning. The weight of Bates’ reflections is mighty, but it never quite succeeds in suffocating the shards of harmonious hope that glint in the winter sun.
Drowse both straddles and eschews multiple genres – the fuzziest parts of noise pop, the more melodic elements of black metal, the more clearly defined corners of ambient electronic music are all present – ultimately creating something unique. Artists that push their own boundaries and those of multiple genres are always on the Roadburn radar, and we’re very proud to welcome Drowse to the festival as part of The Flenser showcase. If Drowse is not yet on your radar, Light Mirror is an excellent starting point – but you may also find yourself enticed by a recent collaboration with Otay:onii (AKA Elizabeth Colour Wheel’s Lane Shi), titled Second Self.
Drowse will perform as part of The Flenser showcase at Roadburn 2020.
Becky Laverty / November 2019″