Modulus III is an electronica trio based in Bristol, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Dan Moore and Drew Morgan with drummer Matt Brown. The trio recorded their self-titled debut LP at a live performance in their hometown of Bristol, with the record released this week on vinyl, CD and digital. We have the premiere airing of the record listen below, this is music ripe with a bricolage of instrumental textures, electronic samples and live performance it’s a fascinating aural concoction that casts an otherworldly spell.
Mixing minimal synthesizers, sweeping textures, energetic drums, haunting cello, driving Fender Rhodes – all woven together through engaging improvisations that might make you feel like dancing at one moment or like you’re lost in a retro-futurist nightmare the next. As cellist and synthist Drew Morgan says, “our aspiration for the band is to explore how repetition and phase can create complex and hypnotic rhythms, where improvisation is not divorced from harmony or melody, and where the audience is always privy to the musical conversation unfolding in front of them”.
Members of Modulus III also perform with kindred experimental ensembles such as award-winning, fellow musically-innovative Bristolians Get the Blessing, Massive Attack and Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble. They’ve individually worked on soundtracks for films, games and TV shows with luminaries such as composers like Neil Davidge (Halo 4/Massive Attack), Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Anna Calvi.
Forthcoming live dates:
18th May at The Forge (Bristol)
27th May at Stroud Festival
17th June at Cafe Oto (London)