Boomkat Product Review:
Murky, electro-acoustic and kosmiche explorations by the Zachary James Watkins (Black Spirituals) and Ross Peacock (Mwahaha, Heaven’s Club), inspired by Cluster/Eno/Scientist
““Two serpent synths… Liquid sky… Two tonal tails traveling together and ripping apart… Fragments of notes creating a sky full of treasures…Galloping rhythms in drenched chords and shimmering sine waves…”
The new duo of electro-acoustic disciple, Zachary James Watkins and analog spacesynth master, Ross Peacock conjures a new possibility of tone, rhythm and light. Influenced by the likes of Dub, Krautrock and experimental pioneers Cluster, Brian Eno and Scientist, their live improvised blend of psychedelic electronica embraces the fragility of analog and digital hardware systems. Watkins/Peacock engage in vibrant patterns over time with an investment in exploration and exchanges.
Watkins has recently returned from Carnegie Hall, where Kronos Quartet performed his original composition “Peace Be Till”. In 2017, he composed and performed an hour long score for the 35mm film “Black Field”, collaborating with acclaimed filmmaker, Paul Clipson. His duo, Black Spirituals, has released records on SIGE and The Tapeworm and toured Europe extensively including a six week stint with Earth. They have since received glowing reviews from the likes of The New York Times and The Wire.
Ross Peacock with his band, Mwahaha, have performed extensively in the U.S. performing a live Boiler Room set following the release of their first full length on Plug Research. They were invited by Warp Records to perform at their SXSW showcase where NPR’s “All Songs Considered” named them one of their Favorite Discoveries of SXSW. Mwahaha was later invited to the UK to perform alongside Sigur Ros at The Eden Project after appearing in London with Damo Suzuki and Andrew Weatherall. He has been featured in Vice, Mojo, Spin, NME and has collaborated with Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and Jel/Odd Nosdam of Anticon.
The Watkins/Peacock duo have since performed a live film score at the third annual Haxan Film Festival, opened for the Fred Frith Trio and in May 2018 appeared at MUTEK San Francisco playing alongside Aux 88, Errorsmith, and Francesco Tristano/Derrick May. The duo are in the wake of the first E.P. of the thematic series, Acid Escape.”