Grasscut are Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair. Phillips (composer, producer, vocals, guitar, keyboards) is a composer and producer whose work for HBO, BBC Films and Channel 4 has recently been nominated for an Emmy, a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello. O’Dair (manager, piano, synth, vocoder) is also a writer (The Guardian, The Independent, Jazzwise) and broadcaster (BBC 6Music, Radio 3) currently writing a biography of Robert Wyatt.
Together, they have released two albums on Ninja Tune. 1 Inch: ½ Mile (2010) was Mojo magazine’s electronica album of the month, one of iDJ’s debut albums of the year and one of the top ten pop albums of the year according to the Sunday Telegraph. Speaking to the Quietus site, Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music named it one of his top 13 albums of all time. According to the Independent, the 2012 follow-up, Unearth, should have been on the Mercury list. Both records won 5-star reviews from the Telegraph; support has also come from the Sunday Times, Word, Uncut, Time Out, Q and Clash.
Grasscut’s music has been used by the BBC, Channel 4, Boots, Mazda and Forza Horizon, as well as on a Kmart ad campaign in the US. Tracks have also appeared on the Olympics, Rugby World Cup, Football Focus, Match of the Day, Winter Olympics and Waterloo Road.
Since opening the main stage at the Big Chill in 2009, Grasscut have become known for their audio-visual live show, originally developed with As Described (Portishead, Cinematic Orchestra). The forthcoming album will be accompanied by collaborations with filmmakers As Described and Vienna's Luma Launisch, making landscape-based films for each track.
Grasscut have performed at Cecil Sharp House, Union Chapel, the ICA, Koko and Tate Britain, as well as in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia. In 2012 they re-imagined Gorecki's third string quartet for a live performance alongside the Kronos Quartet in Krakow.
Grasscut’s third album features ECM bass clarinetist John Surman; Irish singer-songwriters Adrian Crowley (Chemikal Underground) and Seamus Fogarty (Fence / Lost Map); Norwegian vocalist Elisabeth Nygård (Loop Collective); and strings from Emma Smith and Vince Sipprell of Geese/Elysian Quartet. Previous album guests include Robert Wyatt and Seb Rochford. Grasscut have had airplay from BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 5Live and 6Music, and performed live on 6Music, XFM and Resonance.