Alexis Taylor will be Live in-store at Rough Trade East to perform a special solo piano set for National Piano Day, and in recognition of his Rough Trade exclusive LP release, 'Listen With(out) Piano', released 3rd March on Moshi Moshi.
Order or purchase in-store x1 copy of this 'Listen With(out) Piano' LP = x2 wristbands for entry to this live show.
6.30pm Doors // 7.00pm On-stage // 7.45pm Signing // 9.00pm close.
Featuring new versions by Papa M (David Pajo), Green Gartside (Scritti Politti), Spring Heel Jack, Beatrice Dillon, Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance), Lung Dart, Mammalien, Susumu Makai, Betsy Taylor Rupert Clervaux, Jennifer Herrema.
Listen With(out) Piano can be experienced on its own or simultaneously with acclaimed recent album Piano.
The album features the work of eleven of Alexis’s favourite musicians, handpicked to create new tracks designed to work in response to the songs on Piano, the third solo album by the Hot Chip frontman. Though the record can be synched with the original Piano recordings by playing both albums on two devices simultaneously, the tracks on Listen With(out) Piano can be also be enjoyed as original songs on their own merits.
“My brief was both very wide open and very specific, and part of the pleasure for me, and now hopefully for the listeners, is to see how everyone responded so differently to the task,” Alexis explains. “The results are truly amazing, and here you have a new album that works both as a kind of electro-acoustic ambient companion piece to Piano, and as a series of musical clothes to be put onto the deliberately bare record I released.”
Piano, recorded at Hackney Road Studios by Shuta Shinoda, was released in June 2016 by Moshi Moshi. An intimate collection of songs comprised entirely of Alexis’s vocal and piano, the record was captured live to preserve each intricacy.
Since 2000, Hot Chip have released six studio albums, as well as a wealth EPs, stand-alone singles, compilation exclusives, remixes and covers. Including Piano, Alexis has released three albums and an EP under his own name, as well as three further albums of material performed with the semi-improvisational About Group. Additionally, Alexis has crafted side projects such as Booji Boy High and collaborated with the likes of Wiley, Peter Gabriel, Will Oldham, Fimber Bravo, Bernard Sumner, Robert Wyatt, Justus Köhncke, The Memory Band, James Yorkston and David Byrne among many others.