Featured artist: Moonbow

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Who? Multidisciplinary artist Eleanor Hardwick is the brains behind Moonbow.

What? Tripped-out electronic pop.

From where? Born in Oxford, now based in Peckham, South London.

What’s the story? Eleanor uses music, photography and fine art to push offbeat artistic buttons and help bring the marginalised into the mainstream.

In 2013, she began to develop the Moonbow project with the idea of consolidating some of the more outré revelations in her visual art.

The outcome is a technicolour dreamtime halfway between The Knife and Grimes that fuses trippy pop with transcendental soundtracks.

By playing with pedals, electronic hardware, found sounds and a revolving cast of collaborators, she creates a transient techno base from which to soar.

Her latest release, Altering Ego EP, sees Eleanor’s songwriting nous pushed to the fore, and also features Alice Go on guitar and spoken word by Molly Soda, plus remixes from Alice Go, Conrad Kira and Flamingods.

It cements her previous collaborative efforts Chiaroscuro and Before Afterthoughts from earlier this year and last year, which garnered praise from i-D, The Line of Best Fit, The Guardian and more.

As concerned with the visual and she is the aural, Eleanor has taken her multi-sensory live show around the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Iceland, with stellar results so far.

She also plays, DJs and curates as part of Siren Collective. Just shy of a year old, Siren is made up of nine female-identified DJs and producers, creating inclusive club nights, warehouse parties and ‘zines under the slogan ‘no bullshit, just dancing’.

With this strong sense of purpose and a flawless audio/visual toolkit, it won’t be long until Moonbow lights up the night near you.

Don’t miss her upcoming live show on 17 September at the Typical Girls fundraiser for female refugees at Four Quarters, Peckham.

Sounds like? File next to Maria Minerva and FKA twigs.

Predicted to? Turn out a genre-defining debut album, with help from a colourful cast of all-female contributors.

Must hear? The undulating electronics of Altering Ego:


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