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Ambrosia(@)’s back story is complicated. James Birchall and Sarah Faraday also run Fuse Art Space in Bradford, an autonomous cultural space which has hosted the likes of Helm, Karen Gwyer and Chris Watson over the last two years. Birchall also produces under the Rough Fields pseudonym.

The duo first emerged in 2010 with a series of drone tapes packaged in ZX81 cases with defaced inlays, each one equally unique, puerile and mildly offensive. Then came the intense Hysteria Siberiana, with its sheet noise pressure, monolithic bass and enormous harmonic structures. This aggressive yet blissful approach translated flawlessly into a live format, and the band shared stages with High Wolf, Maria Minerva, Female Band, Blue Daisy and others. A growing interest in field recordings led to 2012’s Pevensey NLZ, a longform study in coastal sound processed into ephemera and noise. Airplay on 6 Music and Late Junction alongside coverage in Foxy Digitalis, Wire Magazine and Decoder shored up a burgeoning reputation for no compromise experimentation.

In 2015, the duo revealed their fourth release on the Bomb Shop label – Neacute Veacute. The record represents a significant move for Ambrosia(@) into heavy rhythmic territory, and their live show has adapted to match.


BMS044 / Neacute Veacute (2015)
BMS021 / Pevensey NLZ (2012)
BMS014 / Hysteria Siberiana (2011)
BMS010 / Cordially Yours (2011)