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It’s been nearly a year since promoters On The Bridges dusted off their rubber stamp and cash box, so you know that whatever’s got them out of bed this time just has to be good, and it is: a triple-header combining rarefied pastoral elegance and analogue noise sculpture, sometimes simultaneously. First up at Head of Steam on Wednesday 5th August are Wreaths, who wring ultra-down tempo ambient soundtracks out of sine waves and bits of tape, to atmospheric, if hissy, effect. Waskerley Way offers up a compelling blend of 8-bit gaming noises, breakbeats and spacey 90s-style vocals – imagine The Chemical Brothers playing one of those glass-topped coffee table space invaders machines that you don’t see any more because everyone spilled beer in them.

The main event are Leeds-based The Declining Winter, fronted by Richard Adams, formerly of obscure but influential Domino Records band Hood. Where Hood were obtusely lo-fi, TDW take an approach best described as an acoustic Mogwai: like long-form musical haikus, abstract sound/wordscapes draw on nature metaphors (seasons and water feature heavily), yet despite the greenery there still remains a dissenting edge. If you (like me) don’t know enough about undiscovered contrarian Yorkshire musicians potentially at the height of their powers, this recital will be all you need to speak authoritatively on the matter.

The Declining Winter, Waskerley Way and Wreaths play Head of Steam, Newcastle on Wednesday 5th August.

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