Apart from dressing a little like a member of The Rogues (you know, the baddie gang who framed The Warriors) – he is from NY after all – James Ferraro is one of our most significant contributors to (post) modern pop music. His latest album, 2011's 'Far Side Virtual' (Hippo In Tanks), which mashes up everything from Disney jingles to sounds ripped straight from his desktop, was one of the most intriguing of the year. Riffing on the facets of cyber-culture, sampling TV skits and layering sequential bites from '80s movie, muzak and computer game soundtracks, Ferraro's music comes on like a digital stream of consciousness. As orchestral as it is synthetically cut and pasted, his vision is a conceptual one, delivered decoratively, emotionally but with absolute accessibility despite it's angular formula. It's art-pop at its finest.
As part of a European tour touching Primavera, Berghain and Milan, UK and Irish heads can witness this creative renegade in solitary action live at The Joinery (Dublin, 16th June), The Berkeley Suite (17th June) and Birthdays (London, 18th June).
June 1st – Copenhagen, Distortion Festival
June 2nd – Barcelona, Primavera Sound
June 5th – Koln, Stadtgarden
June 6th – Oslo, Bla
June 7th – Stockholm, Debaser Slussen
June 8th – Berlin, Berghain
June 9th – Porto, Primavera Optimus
June 10th – Porto, Primavera Optimus @ Casa Da Musica
June 12th – Milan, TBA
June 13th – Faenza, TBA
June 15th – Moscow, Strelka
June 16th – Dublin, The Joinery
June 17th – Glasgow, The Berkeley Suite
June 18th – London, Birthdays