The cancellation of gigs and festivals has already severely impacted Touch’s artists creatively and financially. In addition it has denied you, our audience, the opportunity to see them play and support them. The notion of ‘independent music’ might, in effect, be pushed deeper into the self-isolation mode it is already struggling to break free from. We don’t need studios to the same extent, but we do need a stage, a physical reference and if not, a mental space with which to question the drive to online existence.
Touch have set out to respond to these challenging times in a creative and helpful way. The idea is to present Touch: Isolation whereby a new exclusive track from one of Touch’s artists, each with a bespoke photograph/cover image, is presented on a regular basis over the coming weeks. All the income received is collected from your subscriptions and put in a kitty, the proceeds of which are then divided up between the contributing artists.
The series’ opening transmission is ‘Surge’ by Jana Winderen and its amazing narrative. Touch plan to upload the series twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays… These new and exclusive interventions will include works by Oren Ambarchi, Richard Chartier, ELEH, farmers manual, Fennesz, Bana Haffar, Howlround, Philip Jeck, Bethan Kellough, Daniel Menche, Anthony Moore, Yann Novak, Zachary Paul, Simon Scott, Claire M Singer, Geneva Skeen, UnicaZürn, Mark Van Hoen, CM von Hausswolff, Chris Watson and others to be confirmed – all expertly mastered by Denis Blackham.
The subscription costs £20 for 20 (or more) tracks. Please support the artists by investing in the Touch: Isolation project, and expect surprises – good ones for a change.