John Bence is a composer and producer from Bristol, UK, whose work tackles epic narrative themes and uncompromising sonics with a juddering emotional punch. Over just a handful of releases including those for Nicholas Jaar's Other People imprint and Yves Tumor's label Grooming, Bence has built up a striking body of work, utilising music-making practices that span centuries in order to probe the full spectrum of the human psyche, its tragedies, ecstasies and all posts between.
Written during a residency at Zaragoza's FUGA space, Bence's visceral magnum-opus Kill unfurls as a captivating and unnerving three-part suite, which, as Bence explains, "tells the story of a murderer who kills his lover, commits suicide and then accelerates towards God to be judged". Throughout Bence sings like a man possessed, shifting from aching operatic vocals and Gregorian chant to chilling screams, with symphonic instrumentation pounding, swelling and resolving into transfigurative calm behind him.
The raw emotional power of Bence's live shows have seen him already invited to tour with artists including Grouper and Xiu Xiu, as well as performing at CTM Festival, Atonal and Skanu Mezs amongst others.
'Kill' (Official Music Video)