GoGo Penguin are a Manchester trio comprised of Chris Illingworth on Piano, Nick Blacka on Double Bass and Rob Turner on Drums. This band have been making waves from the get go, having released three albums, been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and performing all across the world; all in less than four years!
Although their sound is predominantly acoustic, they certainly are not afraid to experiment branching out into electronica, trip hop, rock and avant-garde jazz. This blend of classical music, break beats and developed melody caught the attention of documentary director Godfrey Reggio who asked the trio to compose a new score his cult film Koyaanisqatsi.
They released their debut album Fanfares in 2012 which was greeted with immediate critical acclaim. GoGo Penguin certainly didn’t suffer from difficult second album syndrome as v2.0, released in 2014, which saw them shortlisted for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album Of The Year.
Man Made Object was released on the prestigious Blue Note Records in February of 2016. “The title is partly inspired by my fascination with ideas of robotics, transhumanism and human augmentation,” explains pianist Illingworth. “We’re recreating electronic music on acoustic instruments. It’s like a man-made object that has become humanised and it seemed like a good album title, one that also means something different to each of us, and hopefully to each listener.”
Man Made Object is out to buy and stream now!
GoGo Penguin are due to appear at Citadel at Victoria Park, London on Sunday 17th of July which will see them performing amongst the likes of Sigur Rós, Caribou, Lianne La Havas, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, plus many more.
They will be headlining Cambridge Junction on Friday 28th of October. Tickets go on sale bright and early at 09:00 on Saturday 26th March.
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