Black Carrot
Critical acclaim
Formed in 2000, Black Carrot released their first album "Cluk" in 2003 on their own Moon City Musik label to great reviews (see below) culminating in a feature on BBC Radio 3's "Mixing It". The original line-up of Oliver Betts (woodwinds, keys, vocals), Stewart Brackley (vocals, electric/double bass) and Tom Betts (drums) was augmented in 2006 with the addition of Euan Rodger on clattering, daring percussion and live samples. More recently Olly Warren's fuzzed guitar scratch has widened the scope still further.

Dark stories
As well as support slots with Faust, The Fall, Polar Bear, Damo Suzuki, Evan Parker, The Blessing, Chris Corsano, Kling Klang, Das Pop, many festival dates (including The Big Session, Leicester; Drop Beats Not Bombs, Birmingham; Faust's Avant Garde Festival, Schiphorst Germany) and two Polish support tours, Black Carrot have recorded and performed a selection of improvised stories with their pet bard Nigel Parkin, they include Essays in Mutilation and Despair: An Improvised Take on Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, Hansel and Gretal and a completely improvised composition: The Mariner's Rest. These are all available on CDR from www.blackcarrot.net .

Quotes
"This British midlands based outfit are an adventurous improvising group...Brackley's apparently extemporised vocals seem to flirt with the cadences of composed songforms in a manner indebted to Can's Damo Suzuki, but with an almost psychotic edge. The music, meanwhile, builds and recedes according to its own logic, but retains a fetching intimacy and warmth." Keith Moline - The Wire Magazine

"As febrile and hostile as Van Der Graaf Generator, as pounding and grainy as Faust, as instinctive and mercurial as Can, this is one far-out combo." Pat Fish/The Jazz Butcher

"A crisp and sharp trio, comprising drums, both double and electric bass, electric piano and tenor sax and assorted woodwind instruments. Dedicated to the virtues of improvisation, it is hard to actually categorise them easily – which is to the good. This is music that has the rigour of improvisation done well but also is accessiblevia the jazzy rhythms, at times they reminiscent of a New York-style band like Defunct or James Chance and the Contortions from the punk jazz/loft side of the no-wave days." Rod Warner/Plexus 

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Black Carrot Milking Scarabs for Dough
>Milking Scarabs for Dough (2010)

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Drink The Black Forest (2009)
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