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Fade to Black

Elizabeth Alker with more genre-exploding music, trawling raw and beautiful landscapes of sound. Tonight, Daniel Elms, Erland Cooper, Julia Holter and others.

As the weekend fades to black join Elizabeth Alker for this hour long sonic exploration.

Tonight's episode features the first ever play of music from Daniel Elms's forthcoming album Islandia, inspired by The North Sea, the post-industrial landscapes of the North of England, the people the ocean brings us and the places it takes us.

We celebrate the work of Adrian Henri with Thurston Moore and the Whitechapel Gallery, Rafiq Bhatia blends avant-garde jazz and electronic composition and we chase the drone from New York to Manchester with William Basinski.

Also in this episode, Erland Cooper transports us to the beautiful and bleak Orkneys and on a musical journey around it's sheltered bays and coves which look out over deadly sea mists. And we look forwards to a tour by American composer and multi-instrumentalist Julia Holter and back to a very special live performance of new music by Bryce Dessner.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Erland Cooper


    Performer: Erland Cooper.
    • Phases.
  • Julia Holter


    Performer: Corey Fogel. Performer: Devin Hoff. Performer: Dina Maccabee. Performer: Sarah Belle Reid. Performer: Andrew Tholl.
    • Aviary.
    • Domino Recording Co..
    • 3.
  • Bryce Dessner


    Performer: David Chalmin. Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • El Chan.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Daniel Elms

    North Sea Quartet

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • Islandia.
    • New Amsterdam Records.
    • 4.
  • Daniel Pioro

    Dust (3rd mvt - Rest)

    Performer: Valgeir Sigurðsson.
    • Dust.
    • Bedroom Community.
    • 3.
  • Daniel Avery


    Performer: Daniel Avery.
    • Song For Alpha B-Sides & Remixes.
    • Mute.
    • 8.
  • Thurston Moore

    Lydia's Moth

    Performer: Tom Surgal.
    • Thurston Moore W/ Tom Surgal ‎– Not Me.
    • Fourth Dimension Records.
    • 2.
  • Rafiq Bhatia

    A Love That's True

    Performer: Rafiq Bhatia.
    • Breaking English.
    • Anti-.
    • 9.
  • William Basinski

    Selva Oscura

    Composer: Lawrence English. Performer: William Basinski. Performer: Lawrence English.
    • Selva Oscura.
    • Temporary Residence Limited.
    • 2.


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