Gazelle Twin is the stage name of Elizabeth Bernholz. The brilliant Brighton electronic musician conceived the project after watching Fever Ray perform at a festival in 2009 and her ideas have grown into something completely, uniquely her own. Last year’s Pastoral, her third official album as Gazelle Twin, (following 2011’s debut The Entire City and 2014’s Unflesh), was her most startling record to date. The LP belongs to a proud tradition of English satire, delving into the nation’s psyche and exposing the weird and bizarre world lurking underneath. Its 14 tracks form a manic state-of-the-nation address – ones like “Hobby Horse” with the panic-stricken final statement of “I want to get the fuck out of here NOW”.
Gazelle Twin’s performance has always been as visual as it is musical. During Unflesh she was a blue tracksuit clad, nightmarish vision but has now transformed into an impish jester, dancing through the pastoral fields of England in a bright red tracksuit and mask. Every time Bernholz brings those tights down over her face, she says, she starts to feel physically different. It makes live shows bewildering and brilliant.