Jacco Gardner, the multi-instrumentalist from Hoorn in The Netherlands, released the wilfully uncategorisable ‘Hypnophobia’ earlier this year and it’s been a turntable favourite in these parts ever since. A mesmerising amalgamation of classical and psychedelic influences, firmly rooted in early Pink Floyd, Genesis and The Zombies (with a little Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre thrown in for good measure) yet somehow remaining simultaneously timeless and modern.
Following a spell developing his skills while moonlighting with The Skywalkers and Allah Las, Gardner’s more electronic approach to Hypnophobia (which means ‘fear of sleep’) provided a perfect balance to his 2013 album, ‘Cabinet of Curiosities,’ an equally impressive and haunting outing but with a more atmospheric acoustic heart.
For a Dutchman, Gardner adopts a particularly British approach to his brand of psychedelia, and, like many Europeans, he sings with an almost perfect English accent. His tunes travel on shimmering European trains through baroque-style landscapes stopping off to take in the genius of Syd Barrett and the more hypnotic elements of David Bowie’s ‘Berlin trilogy’ albums, with his obvious intention throughout to distil the warmest of daydreams into pure and shimmering musical masterpieces aided and abetted by harpsichord, mellotron and flute.
Find Yourself by Jacco Gardner
Throughout September, Gardner’s European tour takes in ten UK venues, from London’s Dingwalls on 3rd to Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on 24th, however North East interests are served by his much anticipated visit to Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on September 23rd. Gardner’s live shows are always well-received and the strength of Hypnophobia and Cabinet of Curiosities combine to make this date particularly unmissable.
Support comes in the shape of Newcastle’s High Tide 15:47, with a growing live reputation for their particular brand of fuzzy shimmer, they’re certainly well worth rushing your tea for.
Previewer: Neil Pace