Leafcutter John

“Alongside Aphex Twin and Bogdan Raczynski – he’s one of the UK’s most fearlessly inventive electronicists” – Time Out London

Sometimes artists just fit with Cloudspotting. A key member of the twice nominated Mercury music Prize-nominated jazz outfit Polar Bear, Leafcutter John (possibly the most appropriately named artist to ever perform in our Forest location!) is in the process of unveiling a sodding superb new record “Yes! Come Parade With Us” on James Holden’s awesome Border Community imprint.

Sound experimentalist, songwriter, lecturer, inventor and creator, John Burton (aka Leafcutter John) has collected impressive accolades over the past three decades, not only for his ingenuity in software and hardware production but also for this ability to craft rich, textured and melodic electronic music. His new record is his most accessible and joyous to date, combining field recordings (many inspired by the natural elements of coastal Norfolk, his former home county) and modular synthesizers into an irresistible rhythmic journey. Since 2010 John has been busy designing, building, and developing his light controlled musical interface, he’s performed world-wide using the system and given talks and workshops with it at various music and art schools. In 2014 he won the Quartz Award for Innovation and in 2017 the art world’s most coveted Paul Hamlyn Award. Recent shows include Sonar Hong Kong and WOMAD Festival. His new album has been ready for a number of months (but only released on April 19), and we are delighted to satisfy John’s restlessness for performing it live this summer.