Having recorded their eponymous debut release in Westland Studios we had been looking forward to seeing them play here this evening and they didn’t disappoint. Tonight the entire 8 track offering was played from start to finish in the form of their full set. Not only did it allow them to step up to the plate but they also got lost in the music in the process which kept the audience in the palm of their hand.
With the strong sense of the instrumental work, there was presence locked into the set here from the off. The sullen richness conveyed through ‘Rock Yourself To Sleep’ deadens the foray in the execution. What is accommodated in the vacant distinction suits the scope and range. It holds patiently in the right places before cutting loose where it intends and this gives the delivery contention. Another sterling effort then followed with ‘Blue Eyes’. From the off a pomp abounds in the working which is through. This is what helps grab you and the catchy hooks capture a tidy Goldfraap overture. It is ever so glorious as the nouveau disco styling comes to the fore and the glam rock leaning is also another added retro quality.
A broader swagger is delightfully keyed in for their third track ‘The Fear’. What it adds picks up the confident allure and the vocals also deepen in tandem. It has a conclusive demeanour that fastens a rock calling into the mix without it diluting the overall aesthetic. There is a lot to be impressed by here. With the free toiling on show, ‘We Are Waiting’ captures a prevailing texture. In equal parts there is an autumnal and distant calling which draws you in. The sedate attractiveness is something which sees them push the envelope artistically and build on the expansive attributes located in the sound.
If any track on show tonight would convince you to get on this band, then ‘Magic’ would certainly be a contender. The opening was impressively slick and from there they ran with it. How it grows into a full on affair sees them lay into the playing, yet the vocal delivery of Rebecca Keogh also seduces you. The pace is reckoned with and the orchestration of the band is expertly rolled over. The second movement is another top drawer showing that left this reviewer so wrapped up in the playing that I almost forgot to write. The stiller workings of their sound is very stylish to see live, and they merge this with the scatty and erratic workings of ‘Eyes Lock’ to fine effect. In the way the deadened touch dropped the pace of their live set it also moved beyond that with how the delivery progressed. Held together by the flight and approach the running also captured a proven sense of distinction as it came through.
A light Blondie ‘Atomic’ vibe is hinted at with the tidier touches of ‘Sweet’. The determined way it steadily opens up was mirrored by a confident pitching from the band. It has that stylish latent kick about it which corners the chic. From there the honing of the leaner aspects confidently calls the shots with the piques in the sound relaying an edgier sound that is immersed in a rock calling, but also balanced by the mainstream cut it has in abundance. The last track on show was also highly experimental. On a par with Radiohead’s ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ they laid it all bare. The scope of contention beckoned in the approach closed in on the select flourishes without becoming overbearing on the breakdown. It narrowed to a singular fissure which released a cleaner sense of flight as it sat upright.
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