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.
Pye Corner Audio Remixes Knightstown!
Posted on Tue, 16th January, 2018
Martin Jenkins has been taking inspiration from classic synth soundtracks and library music since 2010, and his album 'Stasis' was listed on Piccadilly Records and Norman Records for 'Album Of The Year' in 2016. Pye Corner Audio's unique production sound is unmistakable: Carpenter-esque slow kosmiche disco and ambience, woozy synth melodies and somnambulistic grooves with soft, rich textures.
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KNIGHTSTOWN featured in The 405
Posted on Mon, 15th January, 2018
Check out this interview with KNIGHTSTOWN where they discuss his freshly released single Charlatan!
To read more about it and listen to the beautiful new song, click here
Vote for Charlatan on Amazing Radio
Posted on Mon, 15th January, 2018
Tonight KNIGHTSTOWN's single Charlatan will be played on Amazing Radio!
Tune in to listen and be a part of a poll where you can VOTE for Charlatan to make it on their playlist.
To do so, click here
KNIGHTSTOWN - Charlatan - Out Today
Posted on Fri, 12th January, 2018
Knightstown's new single Charlatan is out today.
Working closely with his cousin and producer, Thomas Aston, Knightstown honed the project over the course of a year. The end result is a series of songs that are beautiful, dark and evocative. While Knightstown is influenced by left-field downtempo and electronic contemporaries, it still inhabits the world of 'pop' in its broadest sense.
The single also features a remix from Pye Corner Audio who has previously remixed the likes of Mark Lanegan and Mogwai. The Oberheim Matrix 6 provides the track with a 'Tron 80 sound' twist, while the choral vibe and Aston's distinct vocals are left intact. The remix is out 19th January.
You can download or stream it here
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