Malcolm Pardon Live at Capela Imaculada do Seminário Menor (The New Black) Documenting his captivating performance for Semibreve Festival, Malcolm Pardon presents a live EP and accompanying film featuring songs from his 2021 album, Hello Death. Semibreve is amongst the highest regarded experimental festivals in the world. Taking place in Braga, Portugal every October since 2011, the event has a strong focus on ambient and classical approaches to electronic music presented in astounding settings. Malcolm Pardon was invited to perform at the 2022 edition, on a Saturday afternoon in the unique 20th Century Catholic architecture of the Capela Imaculada do Seminário Menor. With an upright piano, a loop pedal and a small set of synths, Pardon delivered pensive, plaintive renditions of compositions from Hello Death which seemed to draw from the solemn surroundings and rise to the expectation of a musically engaged, attentive audience. On ‘Unsettled Beginnings’, the undulating loops of Pardon’s piano work unfurl with patience over time before teasing energetic crescendos, while the electronics provide subtle embellishments around the edges. Elsewhere the grainy tension of ‘Blood In Water’s opening or the evocative climax of ‘Silent Rumble’ see the synths taking precedence as Pardon explores the wilder edges of his sound. At all times, the music moves with poise and poignancy, truly a product of the moment in which it is played. Music from Pardon’s performance will be released on The New Black as a five-track EP in digital and cassette editions, while a full high-definition concert film hosted by Semibreve Festival will also be available to watch online.