Drowse will perform as part of The Flenser showcase at Roadburn 2020

In 2020, The Flenser will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the label’s first release. The San Francisco based label has been committed to releasing experimental, avant-garde music for a whole decade – which – naturally – has not escaped our notice here at Roadburn HQ. Among the bands that have a place in the histories of both Roadburn and The Flenser are pivotal artists such as Wreck & Reference, Panopticon, Planning For Burial, Bell Witch – and of course, Have A Nice Life.

To celebrate this milestone and to acknowledge the impact that The Flenser has had on our record collections and the broader musical landscape we have invited several of the label’s current artists to perform at Roadburn 2020. The umbrella of The Flenser showcase gathers together five essential artists who will help to define Roadburn 2020, and the future of this incredibly special label.

The Flenser label manager, Jonathan Tuite comments: “Roadburn is my absolute favorite festival in the world. The lineup is always diverse, the audience enthusiastic, and the curation is second to none. I can’t think of a more appropriate place for The Flenser to celebrate our ten years of existence.”

Drowse is an outlet for Kyle Bates to explore his place in the world; his music echoes what he experiences on the varied paths of this internal-reflection. Sometimes those paths lead to extraordinary places – this year’s Light Mirror LP was inspired by an isolated trip to northern Iceland where he took up an artistic residency in 2018. The melancholic results are the sonic equivalent of a sliver of sunlight permeating an otherwise bleak and drizzly morning. The weight of Bates’ reflections is mighty, but it never quite succeeds in suffocating the shards of harmonious hope that glint in the winter sun.

Drowse both straddles and eschews multiple genres – the fuzziest parts of noise pop, the more melodic elements of black metal, the more clearly defined corners of ambient electronic music are all present – ultimately creating something unique. Artists that push their own boundaries and those of multiple genres are always on the Roadburn radar, and we’re very proud to welcome Drowse to the festival as part of The Flenser showcase. If Drowse is not yet on your radar, Light Mirror is an excellent starting point – but you may also find yourself enticed by a recent collaboration with Otay:onii (AKA Elizabeth Colour Wheel’s Lane Shi), titled Second Self.

Drowse will perform as part of The Flenser showcase at Roadburn 2020.

Becky Laverty / November 2019

Date: April 18

Time: TBA

Stage: Koepelhal