Bartleby Delicate, CHAiLD, and Francis of Delirium at The Great Escape 2021
On Thursday, May 13 at 19:20 on Stage 2, Kultur | lx presented the second edition of amplify:LX at The Great Escape Online! Each of our three showcasing artists have their own unique connection to the UK, from electro-pop artist CHAiLD to the looped-electronics of Bartleby Delicate and Gen Z grunge-rock of Francis of Delirium.
Bartleby Delicate is no stranger to The Great Escape. As the lead-singer of Luxembourgish-band Seed To Tree, the singer-songwriter branched out to form his solo project back in 2017 and was asked last-minute to perform at the festival in the same year.
“I have always loved the freedom of being a solo artist. I got to know that I would play the 2017 edition of the TGE the day before the showcase and my solo project basically started from there! From that moment, I realized there could be some potential in the project. The songs have developed from my performance in 2017 where I took the train with only an acoustic guitar. Now I’m back with all of my electronics. I suppose you could say it’s because of The Great Escape that I’m still here!”
Bartleby Delicate’s sound navigates the currents of contemporary folk and loop-based electronics with impressive ease. On his debut EP “Deadly Sadly Whatever”, which will be released May 14th via the Berlin-based indie label Listenrecords, Bartleby merges the polyphonic expanse of his voice with subtle arpeggios, melancholic piano chords, and field recordings. The EP was mixed by John Foyle (Ibeyi, Sampha, FKA Twigs) in London, produced by Napoleon Gold in Brussels (originally from Luxembourg), and mastered by Thomas Harsem (Intergalactic Lovers, Faces on TV) in Sweden.
CHAiLD’s own introduction to the UK started when he moved from Luxembourg to attend The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
“Being able to perform in the UK again is a very sweet feeling. It takes me back to my life in Liverpool, a place that felt like home. It is the country where I learned the most about myself as an artist and performer, but most importantly, it taught me what it means to be proud of your true self and that being different is good. I can’t wait to show you guys how much I’ve grown since I first landed at Manchester Airport!”
Outside of songwriting, CHAiLD also takes his art into new dimensions through fashion and modelling. His inspirations range from 80s hyper-masculine clothes-wear to modern gender-fluid high-fashion ; always meant to provoke and bring his own touch of extravaganza to the party.
Last but not least, Francis of Delirium’s recent international breakthrough story started last year with their UK team. First appearing back in January 2020, the band signed to UK-label Dalliance Recordings following the success of their debut single “Quit Fucking Around” later catching the attention of booking agency Free Trade (The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Wilco). Their most recent sophomore EP, “Wading”, has garnered wide praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, FADER, FLOOD, Line of Best Fit (8/10) “Wading is a captivating insight into vocalist Jana Bahrich’s coming of age”, DIY, Clash, FADER, KEXP, and BBC 1 and 6 Radio. The band is set to perform (in-person!) for the first time in the UK this October 18-20 in Glasgow, Manchester, and London.
“I am incredibly excited for our first shows in the UK this fall, I feel like we might all stage dive and then kiss.”