South Street & doubledotdash!? present

David Thomas Broughton + Wild Island

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Wed 24 Apr, 19:30

Door time: 7.30pm

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Since emerging from the ever-fertile West Yorkshire DIY scene in the mid-00s, David Thomas Broughton has forged a distinctly unique path of incongruous musical exploration. Employing minimal performance tools, Broughton wilfully embraces elements of chaos, error, and malfunction, building them into his folk-ish narrative tales until one part destroys the other. Ever on twin precipices dividing tragedy from comedy and beauty from ruin, his semi-improvised, self-deprecating, lovelorn songs reward a patient audience with moments of delicate charm, all the time wondering whether he is truly in control of the situation. And yet, he always is.

Since his critically acclaimed 2004 debut The Complete Guide to Insufficency, which garnered an 8.4 review on Pitchfork, David has continued to produce records which delightfully interweave layers of beauty and discomfort, releasing both solo home-recorded and collaborative work.

A figure of cult fascination, his confounding genius was captured on film in 2016's documentary, ‘The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton’, which featured contributions from folks including Shearwater, David Shrigley, Sam Amidon, and concludes with Broughton himself serenading a half-eaten sausage.

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South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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