Mozart’s Sister + Pierre Kwenders

Tue 23rd May 2017
8:00pm | 11:00pm curfew
Tickets: £5.50
Age restrictions: 16+
Presented by POP Montreal

Mozart’s Sister

Mozart’s Sister – the solo project of Montreal’s Caila Thompson-Hannant  – delights in making glittering, celebratory pop with an underlying strain of brittle, claustrophobic energy.  Field of Love, her new album is the follow up to her 2014 critically acclaimed debut Being.

She began writing for Field of Love in early 2015.  Reliving her childhood love of 90’s dance pop she wanted to capture the spirit of that era of pop song.  Colourful, cartoonish, goofy but always earnest.  The aim was to make something that everyone was invited to and maintain only one rule: follow through on every musical desire she had.  The critique could happen later once the fun was finished.

“I wrote Field of Love at a point when I truly did feel I was floating in a field of love. Once I got going the song-writing process happened very easily. As the songs came I realized: oh I really like these. There was a naivety to them and I felt like I could really cut loose when writing”.

Field of Love came out February 17th 2017 via Arbutus Records worldwide.

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Pierre Kwenders

Pierre Kwenders’ music is a response to a world that so often asks people who fit comfortably in multiple boxes to pick only one. Born in Kinshasa, Kwenders draws on his wide-ranging experience to make personal music with multiple points of entry, rather than paring it down to fit recognizable genres. He also wields it like a studio trick; he sings and raps in five languages, allowing him aesthetic options most artists cannot.

While Pierre’s music ranges from icy R&B to futuristic hip-hop, his style is rooted in Congolese rumba, the ubiquitous sound of The Democratic Republic of Congo. Like Kwenders, the genre’s identity transcends location: It began in the 1960’s as central African artists’ take on Afro-Cuban rumba, which in turn grew out of African sounds imported to Cuba through the slave trade in the 17th century. But Pierre is as influenced by the sound of Congolese rumba as he is by the attitude of artists like the late Papa Wemba, who pushed the genre forward by finding ways to incorporate new ideas. Kwenders takes a similar approach to R&B and hip-hop.

Website // Bandcamp // Soundcloud