Grasscut are Andrew Phillips (music, words, production, vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Marcus O'Dair (management, keyboards, double bass). Since opening the main stage at The Big Chill in 2009, the duo have gone on to perform at Tate Britain, Koko, Cecil Sharp House and the ICA. Overseas, they have played The Pompidou Centre as well as venues in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia. For the Unearth shows, Grasscut come replete with live drums and strings.
As well as cutting grass, Andrew is a composer of music for film and television. Of his last three scores, one won the Grierson Award for Best Arts Documentary; one has been nominated for the BAFTA Craft Award 2012 for music; and the third has been nominated for an Emmy for music and sound. Marcus is a journalist, broadcaster and lecturer, currently writing the authorised biography of Robert Wyatt.
Grasscut’s debut album, 1 Inch: ½ Mile, came with a map depicting a walk around the lost Sussex village of Balsdean, together with sonic clues leading to a concealed artefact. Released on Ninja Tune in 2010, it received airplay from BBC Radio 1, 2 and 3, as well as 6Music and Xfm. Grasscut have remixed Coldcut, Bonobo and Jaga Jazzist and, in turn, have been remixed by Nathan Fake and Bibio.
In 2012 they release their sophomore album Unearth, a spectral, double-exposed collection of songs inspired by fragments of the past that endure into the present. Unearth is also an invitation. Grasscut have hidden ten boxes around the country. Each contains a Walkman and a cassette, comprising not only the relevant album track but also a unique shadow version of the same piece. Video and GPS clues as to the location of these boxes are available at grasscutmusic.com.