The January Experimental Coffee House (and first Non-Event of 2010)
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
Originally from the UK’s Black Country (the glottal rich manor of Walsall to be exact), John Twells is now based here in Boston — from where he runs his Type imprint and casts out dark, yet never suffocating, compositions under the XELA pseudonym. Having recorded silicon-rinsed soundtracks alongside Gabriel Morley as Yasume, Twells is best known for his work released under the Xela appellation. Showing an astonishing evolution in sound from early releases such as ‘For Frosty Mornings and Summer Nights’ and ‘Tangled Wool,’ through to the ink-blot atmospherics of ‘The Dead Sea’ and recent releases on Dekorder, SMTG Limited and Digitalis, what originated in the clinical environs of the digital was gradually eroded by thickly hued instrumentation and sublime arrangements — with Twells incorporating a vast palate of sounds and influences that retains sharp and piquant flavour despite the rich ingredients. For this performance, Twells will be joined by Jim Siegel on percussion.
Listen to music from Xela’s album, ‘The Dead Sea’: