The Autre Ne Veut Australian Tour 2014 has been announced and in addition to heading out Down Under for an appearance on the Laneway Festival 2014 lineup, Handsome Tours are proud to announce that Autre Ne Veut will also be performing solo headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
Recent years have seen the ascension of a whole new and prosperous era for R&B with the emergence of a raft of transcendent neo-soul artists such as Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, but it’s Autre Ne Veut who’s really paved the way for this glorious re-imagining, first via his 2010 self-titled debut and more recently courtesy of his sophomore long-player, Anxiety.
Autre Ne Veut – the phrase lifted from a 15th century French inscription meaning “I want no other” – is the performance moniker of eccentric Brooklyn musician Arthur Ashin, an enigmatic man whose background is akin to a riddle wrapped in a mystery.
He’s currently the darling of the blogosphere, but Ashin also has a Masters degree in psychology, is a former jingle writer, and once shared a house with Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) while recording all his early material in his bedroom.
Apart from these background titbits all we really know is that Autre Ne Veut has quickly become synonymous with having his fingers slap bang on the zeitgeist with every move he makes. Anxiety has taken critics and fans everywhere by storm, the super-catchy electro-pop of singles ‘Counting’ and ‘Play By Play’ possessing a depth and emotional resonance that elevates them far beyond the work of his peers.
His stream-of consciousness lyrics may seem highly-sexualised on the surface, but as he told Pitchfork at the time of Anxiety’s release; “I’m not afraid to sing about sex, but it’s more about the anxieties and frustrations of trying to relate to other people in this world, or to accomplish the things I want to accomplish.”
Furthermore, Ashin claims that his work as Autre Ne Veut is a cathartic process akin to psychoanalysis, meaning that his lauded live show is like one massive therapy session as he bonds with his adoring fans.
Now it’s the turn of his Australian followers to feel the magic, so get along and hear some cutting-edge music and help a struggling musician make sense of his life at the same time when Autre Ne Veut hits our shores for his inaugural visit in early 2014.
Autre Ne Veut Australian Tour 2014
Presented by Handsome Tours, supported by Triple R and FBi
Tuesday 4th February – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Wednesday 5th Feburary – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets on sale now from www.handsometours.com
Also performing at:
Laneway 2014 Dates & Venues
Brisbane: Friday 31st January – RNA, Fortitude Valley
Melbourne: Saturday 1st February – Footscray Community Arts Centre/River’s Edge
Sydney: Sunday 2nd February – Sydney College Of The Arts, Rozelle
Adelaide: Friday 7th February – Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Perth: Saturday 8th February – Esplanade Park and West End, Fremantle
Tickets and info at http://lanewayfestival.com/