Playing misty-eyed melancholia over psychedelic math beats, as well as their more grooving J.J. Cale-inspired material, they offer a truly unique glimpse into the musical melting pot of Oxford. "My favourite band of the night was probably Balloon Ascents…that band can do amazing things...ones to watch" BBC Introducing Radio Show, Punt Festival for new music, May 2014.
Rainbow Reservoir :
Weaving from stories of biblical inspired statues in the Ashmolean to notions of romantic high school revenge, Rainbow Reservoir blindside you with melodic catchiness only to sucker-punch you with a hard punk hilt.
They comprise of a chronic songwriter (150 at last count), guitarist/singer Angela Space, with seasoned Oxford punk veterans Oli Hewer (bass) and Cameron Grote (drums). You would be unlikely anywhere else to hear ideas about falling in love with your dentist, or having a Christmas in Istanbul so cleverly illustrated lyrically, while still making you believe that you can get behind a classic punk-pop-rock sound. Insert rainbow metaphor here.
“Subversive and melancholic…ironic and ridiculing…but what makes it brilliant is the intelligence and the wit.” One Note Forever
This ambient folk songstress moved to Oxfordshire from her native Stockholm, Sweden towards the end of 2012, and has started to make a name for herself on the thriving acoustic/folk scene in Oxford.