Avant Guarded is about expectations of art, aesthetics, music and even more so, those who create it. Are we trapped in an endless loop of people ‘smashing it’ being ‘totes amazeballs’ and stuck in a climate of those gushing over music/design one minute then completely dismissing it the next.
Is everyone getting a fair shot at music and creativity or is it a privilege? What is cultural relevance in the present day? Was ‘Get Lucky’ really the hit of the summer… because it wasn’t ours.
Office worker Eugene Budgerigard is tired of being pushed around and wants to escape his mundane existence, but where is the line between self-improvement and delusions of grandeur?
Animation by Roberta Fidora & Rob Luckins.
CURXES [kurs-iz] are Macaulay Hopwood and Roberta Fidora. They meet at a mid point between the coastal towns of Brighton & Portsmouth. From the piers, they come brandishing everything from synthesizers to biros to glockenspiels and use them to create what has been described as "blitz-pop".
Following self-released singles "Haunted Gold" & "Spectre", they were listed at number 11 in the 'Blog Sound of 2013’ and ‘Hype Machine Zeitgeist’ lists of ones to watch for 2013 ahead of The xx & Four Tet; as well as remixing Chvrches & sharing stages with Chapel Club, Friends, TRST & Wolf Alice. Now they're back with new single AVANT-GUARDED.