East India Youth

Early Show

East India Youth

The Mast

Mon, November 17, 2014

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

East India Youth - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
East India Youth
William Doyle’s self-extraction from the physical and creative confines of his former four-piece indie-rock band was the start of an emotionally draining three years, culminating in the arrival of East India Youth and a debut album appropriately titled ‘TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER’. The work brings together glorious orchestral pop, noise and motorik Detroit techno, threaded together with ambient and contemporary classical passages. At once uplifting and bleak, both brutally cold and gloriously buoyant, ‘TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER’ reaches for new heights in electronic music. and surpasses them.

Collating a world of diverse influences, ‘TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER’ sounds like it could only have been made now, by one particularly driven individual, marking the arrival of a significant new voice in British music. And it is Doyle’s voice on the four vocal tracks that continues to enthral since the album’s release on Stolen Recordings in January 2014, its centrepiece – ‘Heaven, How Long’ – described by Pitchfork as “a heart-spinning, utterly exhilarating supernova”, expressing melancholia, desperation and unbridled joy, all in the space of a verse. The Guardian – whose Breakthrough of 2014 list East India Youth topped – spoke of “a hugely self-assured debut from an artist who knows exactly what he’s doing, marking Doyle out as a rare, idiosyncratic talent” and Time Out – who awarded him their Album of The Week – advised “Its legend is well-deserved: a brilliant bedroom album of piercing electronic pop.”

The crescendo of East India Youth’s year came in October when he was shortlisted for The Mercury Music Prize, alongside FKA Twigs, Anna Calvi, Royal Blood and Damon Albarn.

As Uncut said, in their 9/10 review; “A major new British talent is born.”
The Mast - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
The Mast
"Brooklyn-based duo The Mast’s high-energy electro-pop seemed to instantly magnetize people to the stage…the venue was completely packed with blissed-out dance enthusiasts thoroughly hypnotized by the primal beats and astral sound effects." - CMJ

"The Mast play futuristic-electro pop inspired by early IDM and experimental beat music - James Blake on mescaline" - Village Voice

"[The Mast] casts a beguiling spell." - Ptichfork

The Mast is vocalist and instrumentalist Haleh Gafori and percussionist and beatsmith Matt Kilmer. Merging live electronics, vocals, and percussion, The Mast creates a full-spectrum sonic experience that features “Haleh’s phenomenally powerful, nuanced, and hypnotic voice and Matt’s gorgeous deft beats (both sequenced and live)” (Wompblog). Influenced by early IDM, post dubstep, and experimental beat music as well as acts like Mount Kimbie and Bonobo, The Mast delivers a warm and inviting sound that booms through the subwoofers, propels the body to dance, and soaks the mind in a bath of endorphins.

In their shows, where they have performed alongside Foster the People, Reggie Watts, Blonde Redhead, and Teebs, Matt and Haleh incorporate live electronics, drumming, and vocal improvisation, preserving the spontaneity they cultivated as instrumentalists. "So unique and crisp is their sound, culled from a range of electronic genres, that their fans swarm to be an extended part of the show, transforming it from a performance into a dance fest" (XO Magazine).

The Mast released their full length album "Pleasure Island" in January, 2014. They've released a series of highly acclaimed videos for the album which they directed, edited, and sometimes filmed themselves for tracks "Luxor," "So Right," and "UpUpUp."
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002