RVNG Intl – September 7th 

Radiohead affiliations, Mica Levi collaborations and Southbank residencies may catch the eye, but cellist, composer and producer Oliver Coates is a formidable artist in his own right. From the off, Coates makes it easy to picture the fictional planet of Zenn-La, on which the brooding minimalism of ‘A Church’ and erratic techno shuffler ‘Perfect Apple With Silver Mark’ collide within Shelley’s, the nightclub that exists in both drizzly Stoke and the aforementioned alien world.

As Coates recalls in the press release: “Sitting on the tube, thinking: I’d remove the low end on that, compress that, add reverb to that.” For all its mechanical, cosmic qualities, Shelley’s On Zenn-La is an album that is steeped in delicate human touches, and it’s all the more powerful for it.

Buy: Oliver Coates – Shelley’s On Zenn-La