Bas Jan (UK)

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Bas Jan is an ever-evolving, experimental collaborative group – currently featuring Emma Smith (Meilyr Jones, Seamus Fogarty and foundingmember of The Elysian Quartet),Rachel Horwood (Trash Kit, Bamboo)and Serafina Steer. Steer is also known as a harpist and composer and has released several acclaimed solo albums before picking up the bass in 2015. Their sound comprised of bass, drums, synthesizers, violins and vocals exists somewhere between folk influences, post-punk and indie-pop and is altogether alluring. The Quietus fittingly described the trio as “sci-fi Slits”. Their lyrics are quirky and politically charged, and their ethos seems to be guided by an organic, non-constrained, non-hierarchicalway of creating music and having fun just being human. Bas Jan – named after the Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who was last seen setting out to sail across the Atlantic in 1975 and since vanished – self-released their self-titled debut EP in 2017 and was championed by BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley. Their debut LP “Yes I Jan” followed in 2018 released on Lost Map Records. Since then, they have performed at festivals including BFI, Serpentine Summer Pavilion, Green Man, End of the Road and Supernormal.