KNIGHTSTOWN is the solo vocal/electronic project of composer and songwriter Michael Aston. He was signed to FatCat in 2016, after submitting 'Disparity' in 2014, a demo which quickly became one of the label's most listened to tracks on the FatCat Demo site. Working closely with his cousin and producer, Thomas Aston, KNIGHTSTOWN honed the project over the course of a year. The end result is a 1...
Working closely with his cousin and producer, Thomas Aston, KNIGHTSTOWN honed the project over the course of a year. The end result is a 10-track album that is beautiful, dark and everything in between. The self-titled record KNIGHTSTOWN is influenced by left-field downtempo and electronic contemporaries, but still inhabits the world of pop in its broadest sense.
KNIGHTSTOWN's material would sit happily among the likes of Sampha and Jamie Woon. Emotive, falsetto vocals shine through these electronic compositions, and the music searches for the 'sweet-spot between showing emotion and self-restraint'. Hypnotic vocal melodies soar above warm synths, sparse drum beats, and stunning string arrangements. KNIGHTSTOWN maintains a coherent vision throughout the record, keeping one foot in a familiar reality and the other in a future that doesn't seem wholly distant.
Having worked for several years as a freelance composer/songwriter and performer, Aston's extensive experience ranges from composing an Orchestral Overture for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to playing keyboards for FatCat's very own C Duncan.
Following the completion of the KNIGHTSTOWN LP, Aston has worked with composer and producer Matthew Hodson to reshape the studio album tracks into an intense, dynamic live performance set. KNIGHTSTOWN will release his self-titled debut album on FatCat Records in early-2018.
KNIGHTSTOWN Video Premier On Earmilk
Posted on Fri, 20th October, 2017
Earmilk have just premiered the video for the latest KNIGHTSTOWN single 'Eyes Open Wide'.
Directed by Helen Plumb and inspired by the brush strokes used on the KNIGHTSTOWN art, Helen has created a wonderful piece of animation that works with the rhythms of the track. Watch the video here
You can also catch KNIGHTSTOWN play at the Electrowerks in London on the 21st Nov. Tickets here
KNIGHTSTOWN To Support Matthew Hodson In Brighton
Posted on Thu, 5th October, 2017
Matthew Hodson who is one half of KNIGHTSTOWN brings his new album DETACH to the stage with live drummer Chris Hardwick along with very special guests for an evening of exciting live electronic music.
Every ticket purchase will give you a FREE digital copy of the album! - all for Â£5.
KNIGHTSTOWN will be playing as well as Johanna Bramli and Champion Fever (DJ Set).
The night is on at the Hope and Ruin in Brighton on the 14th October.
Listen to Matts music HERE
Out Today - KNIGHTSTOWN - Eyes Open Wide
Posted on Fri, 29th September, 2017
Out today is the brand new single 'Eyes Open Wide' from latest FatCat signing KNIGHTSTOWN.
'Eyes Open Wide' offers another glimpse into Aston's fixation with melody and his honest and often heartfelt style. Lyrically the song is an abstract meditation on the quest for happiness and the sublime.
Influences on 'Eyes Open Wide' are diverse. Aston refers to the specific musical inspirations as 'classical and choral earworms going back years and years' Beach Boys, The Fez Soundtrack by Disasterpiece, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Roisin Murphy - an eclectic bunch all contributing to the KNIGHTSTOWN sound.
Listen to the single here
Knightstown - Eyes Open Wide GoldFlakePaint Premier
Posted on Thu, 28th September, 2017
'Eyes Open Wide', the new single by Knightstown is being premiered over on GoldFlakePaint.
click HERE to listen.
Knightstown tour dates:
Brighton, Concorde 2 - Oct 4
Bristol, The Louisiana - Oct 6
London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - Oct 21
London, Elektrowerkz - Nov 21