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Xylitol

lo-fi synth-core

Biography

Xylitol is the long-running lo-fi synth-core project of artist and actor Catherine Backhouse. With a battery of Casiotone keyboards and still using the same copy of Fruity Loops given to her in 2005 by poet, musician and flaneur Edmund Davie, Xylitol's music channels the fiery brutalism of early grime, minimal-wave and the potting shed electronics of unsung tape-music pioneers such as FC Judd.
She has soundtracked radioplays and films by Peter Strickland (who also released her second...

Xylitol is the long-running lo-fi synth-core project of artist and actor Catherine Backhouse. With a battery of Casiotone keyboards and still using the same copy of Fruity Loops given to her in 2005 by poet, musician and flaneur Edmund Davie, Xylitol's music channels the fiery brutalism of early grime, minimal-wave and the potting shed electronics of unsung tape-music pioneers such as FC Judd.
She has soundtracked radioplays and films by Peter Strickland (who also released her second 7" EP 'Kunst Ist Tot' in 2013) and Piaou Xie, collaborated with Sculpture, Belbury Poly (Ghost Box) and industrial music legends Nocturnal Emissions and recorded split releases with Gloria Gloucestershire and Libbe Matz Gang.

Her 2015 mixtape "The Pavilion Is Half Finished" was described by Simon Reynolds as "glorious [...] drifting between radiophonia, sinogrime, Aphex [...]" while her current work explores shifting notions of class and identity under neoliberalism, drawing on elements of UK garage, oi! and the chanson tradition.