Kemper Norton

Kemper Norton describes his glitchy prehistoric electronics as ‘coastal slurtronic folk’. With a new album that combines harmoniums, mandolins and Casio keyboards, he might just be on the money...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 3 Nov 2014
  • min read
Who? Kemper Norton makes music as a lone wolf and also as part of a wider collective which includes Burnthouse, Loic Rich, employeeseven, Speckle and Singularity Jones.

What? He describes his glitchy prehistoric electronics as ‘coastal slurtronic folk’.

From where? Craggiest Cornwall.

What’s the story? Kemper Norton makes his unique sound using a minimal set-up of laptop, harmonium, mandolin, Casio keyboards - and a pastoral outlook.

By melding instruments from across the centuries and continents, his output is hard to place, lying somewhere between mediaeval folk and new age electronica.

Since relocating from his Cornish home to Sussex, he’s created two albums, his debut Carn for independent label Exotic Pylon and Loor (Cornish for moon), which was released last week on Manchester imprint Front & Follow.

He’s also recently hooked up with Laura Cannell to remix a track from her Quick Sparrows Over the Black Earth album, alongside Bass Clef, Ekoplekz, Hacker farm, Luke Abbott and Hoofus.

Champions of his distinctive frequencies include The Wire magazine and Stuart Maconie, who regularly spins his records on his BBC 6 Music Freakzone radio show.

Sounds like? Syd Barrett jamming with Demdike Stare and Gong.

Predicted to? Decamp to Avebury stone circle for the next record.

Must hear? The woozy atmospherics of the track Loor or the eerie folk of All Through the Night.