The sound of instrumental duo Nigel Bryant (guitar) and Matt Donovan (synthesizer and percussion) has been described as “pastoral minimalism”, a sound which fuses elements of folk, psychedelic rock and electronic musics. The Untied Knot began as a solo project by Nigel in 2005 with multi-instrumentalist Matt joining soon after to create a fully functioning live unit with a preference for less conventional, more intimate venues.
The album “Sketches For A Lost Summer” was released in 2009 to a warm reception with airplay on BBC6 Music (Freak Zone) and BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction) in the UK, WFMU in USA and Canal Extremadura in Spain.
In April 2012 they were introduced at the Purcell Room in London’s Southbank Centre by Max Reinhardt of BBC Radio 3’s “Late Junction” as part of an audio-visual collaboration between Solus3 and pinhole photographer Jan Dunning.
Second album “Rien n’existe” was released in January 2013 on CD and vinyl following the success of a PledgeMusic.com crowd-funding campaign and has received airplay on BBC6 Music Gideon Coe show, Shrunken Planet on WFMU, NTS Radio and Basic FM. It was described as “quietly brilliant” by Rough Trade and featured in an article in Harper’s Bazaar Art about collaborative sound-art works by Dubai based artists Simon Coates and Zahra Jewanjee. The pair’s sound-art deconstruction of album track “Microdot” sets The Untied Knot’s music amongst a host of fascinating field recordings made in Dubai.
Recent live appearances have featured more prominent sections of improvised music including a performance at Club Integral on a bill with UK Underground Jazz/Rock legends Daevid Allen and Chris Cutler. In June 2014 Nigel featured as one of 100 guitarists in a performance of Rhys Chatham’s “A Secret Rose” at Birmingham Town Hall.
Nigel and Matt are currently working on a third album which will be released early in 2015.