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ANCHORSONG

UK

FANDANGOS - SATURDAY 13th JULY

Originally from Tokyo, and now based in London, Anchorsong is a highly-fêted producer and solo live act whose early champions include Huw Stephens and NYLON magazine.

In January 2016, Anchorsong released his hugely successful second full-length album ‘Ceremonial’ on Tru Thoughts. Blending traditional and modern music with a richly textured tapestry of outward-looking sounds, this first-class release paired catchy melodic phrasing with idiosyncratic beats and vintage African influences.

Fronted by double A-sided single “Last Feast” / “Oriental Suite”, it was commended as one of BBC 6Music’s ‘Albums of the Year 2016’ placing at number 5, and achieved heavy press coverage from the likes of XLR8R, Clash, DJ Mag and Songlines (who named it a Top of the World album). Radio support from Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 ‘It’s Album Time’ and a live session on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM added to official BBC 6Music Playlisting for post-album single “Expo” the following spring (which was also given top feedback on Steve Lamacq’s Round Table), a live session for Tom Ravenscroft (in for Marc Riley) and a ‘60 Second CV’ feature (Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music Recommends).

Anchorsong – aka Masaaki Yoshida - has become globally recognised for his unique live shows, which many people have described as "like watching a painter drawing on a white canvas", as he creates electronic music completely live using a sampler (MPC2500) and a keyboard, right in front of the audience. While he mainly performs solo, he frequently augments this setup with a string quartet, for a truly spellbinding show.

Having always been swept away by the atmosphere and excitement of live performance, Anchorsong (who played guitar in a rock band before embarking on this solo journey) brings that vibrant energy, warmth and sense of occasion to the world of electronic music with his compelling live act.

We can’t wait to welcome Anchorsong to Cornwall. Expect colourful, mildly psychedelic and incredibly danceable rhythms combined with his signature progressive style.

Anchorsong is absolute fire” GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)

“A one-man wonder... a genius” HUW STEPHENS (BBC R1)