Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus - Hydrangea
Debut album from writer and artist Holly Childs and artist Gediminas Žygus (formerly known as J.G. Biberkopf). Initiated in 2017, Hydrangea grew out of a series of performances emphasising conspiracies and the designer realities that they generate. This record was released in 2020.
Childs & Žygus employ a musical language that layers their cumulative practices and experiences. The compositions are cinematic and spatial. Childs’s vocals often sound like computer voices, reciting mechanically, embedded in string melodies, washes of soft noise, and minimalist piano lines..
The work is also influenced by both artists’ lifelong experiences of rave culture, beginning for Žygus during childhood in newly independent Lithuania, spending time juggling Disney and happy hardcore cassettes on the family stereo, and for Childs as a preteen in Australia, tagging along with her sisters to doofs and warehouse parties. Initiated while the artists were both working between Amsterdam and Rotterdam in 2017, the work also draws on Dutch gabber music.
Album art by Metahaven.