Wednesday, 17 October 2012

iamamiwhoami – Live UK debut at the Southbank Centre, 10th October

On recovering from an awful bout of horribulous flu, I sniffled my way to the Southbank Centre to see iamamiwhoami. I’m so glad I did though, it was brilliant even foggy with cough mixture. We arrived with excited anticipation, really not knowing what to expect after so much mystery and hype surrounding this ‘project’.  All I can say is, if iamamiwhoami are your ‘thing’, make sure you see them if you get the chance.

Not wishing to unashamedly gush, but I will, the venue was rather nice (despite over zealous security pouncing on your cameras and a seated auditorium), the audience were gorgeous, the atmosphere was anticipatory with excitousness.  Jonna Lee gave a beautifully eccentric performance, flawless, quirky and bewitchingly charmed her adoring fans, even almost knocking one out when her microphone stand fell into the audience. She concernedly paused to check they were okay of course.

The set list shuffled unordered through Kin with the gems 'Good Worker', ' Drops', 'Kill', 'In due Order', 'Sever' and included older tracks that got a committed army of iamamiwhoami followers out of their seats as the lovely Jonna danced up the aisles to delighted gig goers. I say ‘gig’ but it felt very different from the usual and everything about the evening felt strangely intimate and surprising and very much more ‘performance’. Not that I doubted the music couldn't stand without the film shorts but it really was hard to know what to expect.

The huge cube was lit in different colours, visually simple yet everything worked, even the slighty sport themed costumes from Jonna’s body suit to her entourage of baseball cap wearing hybrid cricket/tennis playing backing musicians? It sounded great, it looked a treat, especially Jonna's courtship of a fair amount of fabric furry demon, and it tied in with the infamous videos without repeating what we've already seen. Even the pre show viewing of the film (DVD with album my blog friends) in the bar beforehand seem to set the atmosphere of iamamiwhoami love that proved unmistakable.

I do often feel that once you've seen a band, you've seen them but I’d definitely go to a  iamamiwhoami show again because it’s overall quite a delight, musically and visually.  The audience really did feel passionate and not like they’d just wandered in on the off chance which is how a recent gig I went to disappointingly felt.

So massive love for Jonna now, I will resist making a crown out of tin foil though. Below is the first single to release from Kin, this is probably the simplest of the videos but easily my favourite. Her dancing alone sells it; I don’t even hear the Bee Gees now.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

El Perro Del Mar new video and more Labyrinth Ear…

I have ‘Walk on By’ on repeat right now, it has a bit of *ahem ‘90’s’ feel, a lot are saying The knife meets Lykke Li which is true but it’s for some reason making me think of Saint Etienne too with this particular one. El Perro Del Mar is Sarah Assbring (Swedish of course), I have already blogged ‘Walk on By’ minus video and her super excellent ‘Innocence is Sense’ earlier so please jump back to view the video, it’s very Ashes Bowie era like visually, for me anyway and quite spooky. I can’t wait for Pale Fire out on November 13th, which will mean I can stop wearing out The xx’s Coexist.

Related Post: El Perro Del Mar: Innocense is Sense

Labyrinth Ear: Urchin/Apparitions

Now for the lovely ghostly melancholy of Labyrinth Ear.  Again, there’s some jumping about needed as I blogged ‘Urchin’ a few weeks back which is available to download now but with flu and nothing much else to do, I started digging about for more and gave their EP ‘Apparitions’ a listen.

Now the stand out track on this ‘ice disco’ as they tag their sound, is definitely ‘Humble Bones’, which is very New Ordery, but with female vocals, so what do you think? There are echoes of Purity Ring, The Golden Filter, a little Niki & the Dove percussion moments. This can be downloaded here.

Another must listen is  ‘Amber’ off the EP and this rather cutely creepy video for Snow White which has something a bit Depeche Mode going on in it in places. Eyes wide open for more from them in 2013.

And in more exciting news: iamamiwhoami at Southbank Centre on Wednesday! I was recovering from a horribulous flu thing and by the end of it, had a teeny tiny bagpuss mouse voice but it was brilliant. Review to come.