Having only just recently released a gorgeous debut album, Beautifully Astray, at the beginning of April 2018, Abi Wade has long been an incredible talent in Brighton. Known for her stunning solo live show and for using a cello as her core instrument, Abi is a versatile musician whose sound exploration uses vocals, orchestral and choral arrangements, synths and location samples to create a mesmerising window into human nature and the abstract. As well as a musician, Abi has a collaborative audio-visual guise called Gestalt, with her partner Joel Wells, which has flourished since recently moving to London. We caught up with Abi to find out about her current live set, her view on her debut LP, which is now half a year old, and the incredible projects she does alongside her music.
Spectrum, a project of the Brighton Dome to support local music, has run a concert on Record Store Day for a few years in the Studio Theatre but, as that is being redeveloped at the moment, they decided to host the event in the main concert hall this year. It is an eight hour marathon of almost non-stop live music with some of the best local acts around, in collaboration with the Green Door Store venue, QM Records and Love Thy Neighbour record labels.
Written across several locations in Brighton, and then recorded in a set of diverse locations (fishing boats, tap-dancing clubs), Beautifully Astray marks the startling debut for Abi Wade – another fine talent to spring from the deep well of Love Thy Neighbour. It is a haunting piece of work that casts its eye over the wide spectrum of human nature, all the while showing a true mastery of the use of space and silence amongst a wider world of noise.