I LOVE THIS/THEM. Really like ‘Tonight’ too but can’t find it online atm. TBC.
WHAT a WEEK…
OK, so I saw (Sir) Paul on Tuesday and he said ‘hello’ to me. I was beside myself. This is one of my fave Paul-penned tracks. Need a lie down now. *thumbs aloft*
Magnificent and mind- altering.
So I did indeed spend my bank holiday weekend in small sweaty venues amongst mostly male muso types and consequently headed into the following week with a stinking cold. It was an odd weekend and the Crawl as a whole a pretty subdued affair, as any venue bigger than a pub backroom was probably 3/4 empty until the Sunday night slots and the Camden streets themselves seemed eerily quiet.
Anyway, highlights, as outlined below, were by far Eugene, Baxter and Hawk Eyes, who we saw by default; we actually went to see Nzca/Lines in the Black Cap first, but since it smelled all kinds of wrong and all we could see were the backs of heads, we defected to the Purple Turtle for a belter; it was mental in that one. I’ve been following Hawk Eyes on Twitter, and it would appear that they’ve been collaborating with Napalm Death and Mark E Smith (Yep, him)… Wow, and I’m glad, cos they’re rad. Not that I know them personally, but its a big thumbs up from me. Certainly lifted my spirits after a damp day.
Outlined below are the best fings what happened at Camden Crawl. Full report over on No Fun.
Judging by their production arrangement and Malin’s vocal style, Nikki and the Dove spent their formative long winters in Sweden twirling around with Bella Donna on repeat until their cassette players imploded. There are also traces of fellow swedes The Knife and even the likes of T’Pau in their sound, and even the most jaded synth addict would have found plenty to revel in during their blistering set. The thunderous use of tribal drum rhythms and sweltering korg patterns melt perfectly into Malin’s sweetly mystical vocals. As the screen behind them magnifies and reflects both the audience and stage, creating an other worldly, cinematic experience, it becomes clear that the band’s epic tidal wave of reverb could sound just as immense headlining venues with a far greater capacity. A career path that follows the trajectory of Florence and the Machine seems nothing short of a sure thing. CW
Today I will mostly be Crawling about Camden, probably quite literally after a few ciders, har har har, and I am especially excited to see the uber flamboyance of a certain Mr Eugene McGuinness tonight at Koko. SQUEEEEAL. I will be somewhere amongst the crowd fending off people with some pointy finger moves.
‘Every time I dance, every time I dance with yoooooooou’
As heard on Gilles Peterson’s splendid show on 6 music earlier. Dig this.