The Sight Below
|The Sight Below|
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Genres||Ambient techno, shoegazing, electronic|
|Occupations||Producer, composer, musician|
|Associated acts||Rafael Anton Irisarri
Sam Valenti IV signed The Sight Below to his Ghostly International imprint in 2008 after listening to a demo tape. A promotional EP No Place for Us was soon released by the label as a free MP3 download on August 26, 2008.
The Sight Below debuted its live set at Seattle's KEXP radio station on September 20, 2008. The in-studio session was recorded and is available on Ghostly's website as a podcast (GhostlyCast #18). A well-received performance followed at the Ghostly International showcase during Decibel Festival. These performances paved the way for an extensive European tour that saw the artist perform at 18 different cities in the continent, including Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland, EME Festival in Lisbon, Portugal, S.O.Y. Festival in Nantes, France and TimeZones Festival in Bari, Italy.
The Sight Below's full-length debut album Glider was released in the United States on November 2008 and January 2009 worldwide. It is available as both a physical and digital release. The album was very well received by the press and music community, including praise from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, who charted "At First Touch" on his January 6, 2009 "Office Chart" posting on the band's website Dead Air Space.
The Sight Below's second full-length, It All Falls Apart, was released on April 6, 2010. It features music written with the aforementioned Simon Scott and a cover version of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" (with guest vocals by Tiny Vipers). Described by All Music Guide as “impeccably made ambient thump-and-drone”, Pitchfork Media called it "A beautifully bleak cloud of sound" while XLR8R magazine gave it a 9/10 ranking and praised it as “an astounding range of visceral sonic possibilities…a hurricane passing over an ocean, gathering heat and force while simultaneously cooling the waters below.”
The Sight Below has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. During the multimedia live performances, the artist creates his own visuals, manipulating images and footage until they are only recognizable as slow moving shapes, providing a counterpoint to the heavily treated wall of guitar textures.
Soon after the Glider release a US tour followed in February 2009 with labelmate Lusine. Later on, appearances at DEMF (Detroit, Michigan) and MUTEK (Montreal, Canada) would continue showcasing The Sight Below's brand of immersive guitar music and visual art integration.
In June 2009, The Sight Below performed at Sónar Festival (Barcelona, Spain), this time joined by former Slowdive and Lowgold drummer Simon Scott on guitars and vocals. Together they toured throughout the Summer in the EU and UK, including a show at the historical Sacred Trinity Church in Manchester, London's The Luminaire club, and a notoriously loud performance during Ghostly's 10-Year Anniversary party at Berlin's infamous Berghain nightclub on June 26, 2009.
In the studio, The Sight Below has worked extensively with the aforementioned Scott and Tiny Vipers, plus Benoît Pioulard, while remixing School of Seven Bells, Detroit's Echospace, and Germany's Pantha Du Prince.
- Studio albums
- Bye Bye Bye remix for School of Seven Bells | Vagrant Ghostly International (2010)
- Substraktive remix for CV313 | Echospace Detroit (2010)
- Ultravioleta remix for papercutz | Ultravioleta rmx's Apegenine recordings (2008)
- http://www.myspace.com/thesightbelow/ Official MySpace page
- http://www.ghostly.com/artists/the-sight-below/ The Sight Below @ Ghostly International
- http://www.last.fm/music/The+Sight+Below/ Last. Fm
- Segal, Dave The Stranger, November 11, 2008
- Totland, Justin FACT Magazine, January 26, 2009
- Two and a Half Questions with The Sight Below, Headphone Commute, February 11, 2009
- Interview with The Sight Below Future Sequence, September 2010
- Lea, Tom Producers to Watch in 2009, FACT Magazine, January 13, 2009