Thought Forms + Milkweed


Sat 21 Sep | 8:00 pm

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Thought Forms + Milkweed
Sat 21 Sep 2024
£18.00

Since the release of their eponymous debut album in 2009, Wiltshire noise rock outfit Thought Forms have quietly pioneered a uniquely enthralling and transcendent style, harnessing the energy vortices of ancient ley-lines which converge upon their enigmatic West Country homeland, and standing out as one of those rare groups whom can only be accurately described as “a genre unto themselves”. Heavy drones, hypnotic rhythms and sirenic incantations adorn a sonic foundation surfing the fringes of shoegaze, post-rock, post-punk to fuzzed-out doom, permeated by a diverse musical vocabulary that reaches far though time and space to conjure a truly primordial soundscape.

Originally performing as a trio, Songs About Drowning (2016) was their first release to feature Ghost Mountain producer Jim Barr (Get The Blessing, Portishead) as bassist and fourth permanent member. Their latest album, Clean (2022), comes courtesy of Charlie Romijn’s own label Lava Thief, and features beautifully reworked versions of songs from their Invada Records back-catalogue. Far beyond simply another “unplugged” record, here we are shown the depth of the group’s collective musical prowess as they employ an array of traditional instrumentation, masterfully sculpted into intricately detailed orchestrations, leaving one with no doubt concerning the awesome musicianship of this formidable quartet.

We are honoured to welcome Thought Forms back in fully-electrified mode for this very special live appearance, marking their first London show in more than five long years.

Support comes from nomadic “slacker-trad” duo Milkweed; similarly inimitable in a sound that’s not-quite folk, not-quite lo-fi trip hop, but unquestionably captivating. Employing a concrète-esque approach to quasi-traditional songcraft, lyrical material is borrowed from obscure and forgotten research literature, woven into forlorn Appalachian-tinged melodies, and accompanied by half-broken guitars and banjoes, half-broken drum machine rhythms, cut-up and recycled through a half-broken tape recorder. Their latest release Folklore 1979 was partly produced over a weekend stay here at Telegrafía in late 2023, and is out now on the Broadside Hacks label.

Capacity is limited to 50 attendees. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch these incredible groups together in our intimate subterranean spot.