Oct. 12, Dusk Dawn Club, Beijing
Oct. 14, Morninghouse, Chengdu
Oct. 15, Nuts Live House, Chongqing
Oct. 18, T:Union, Guangzhou
Oct. 21, Jockey Club Street Music, Hong Kong
Oct. 22, OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival, Shenzhen
Both sober and dreamy: Odd Beholder’s music is as sublime as an empty parking lot in early morning light. In spring 2017, the band released its second EP “Atlas” that takes up the cool and minimalistic electronica of the first EP “Lighting”. The musicians develope their songs by experimenting but their goal is simplicity. The precise, unpretentious music reflects their interest in ambivalent moods. Zeit online wrote about their music: “Their dreamy compositions (…) are futile but concrete, real and transcendental at the same time. It’s dreampop with finesse.”
The group was founded by Daniela Weinmann and James Varghese in 2014. They released their debut EP “Lighting” on Mouthwatering Records (CH) and Sinnbus (Berlin) in 2016. Their video for the single “Landscape Escape” premiered on the international, influential art blog NOWNESS and won the first prize for the best Swiss music video at the m4music festival. Their second video on Clash Magazine UK and attracted the attention of Spotify UK – the song now counts over one million plays. After their Swiss tour, during which they played at the Bad Bonn Kilbi, and after having played two showcases at the Reeperbahn Festival, they toured with HUNDREDS through Germany. Following their release of their second EP “Atlas” they were invited to play two showcases at the Great Escape 2017. During the festival season, Tim Wettstein joined the band as a new live musician. They were nominated for the Swiss Live Talent Award of 2017. This fall, they commissioned the Swiss filmmaker Cyril Schäublin to shoot their next video clip in Bejing – just in time for their first tour in China, supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council.