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There are quite a few exciting events coming up- some great shows and so forth, here is a short list:
Barfly presents … And So I Watch You From Afar/Wounds @ The Borderline on Thursday, April 8th
The Monkeyball Experiment presents The Baby Janes/Saiga/Hosemox/The Working Dead @ The Legion also on April 8th- FREE ENTRY
Russian Circles/Earthless @ The Underworld on Tuesday, April 13th
Goo Nite presents LOCOMOTIVA, a weekend of reverb, delay and landscapes @ The Half Moon (Herne Hill) from Saturday April 17th through to Sunday 18th- Be sure not to miss this one, there will be 16 bands playing over 2 days along with a record fair, Djs and Food! Live acts include Codes In The Clouds, Library Tapes, Vessels, EF, I Concur… and many more!
Goo Nite presents EF @ The Enterprise on Monday, April 19th
Lead-Footed presents What The Blood Revealed/The Monroe Transfer/Swallowing The Seas @ The Macbeth on Tuesday, April 20th
Dance Magic Dance presents Agaskodo Teliverek @ The Old Blue Last on Thursday, April 22nd
All Tomorrows Parties Concerts by arrangement with ELASTIC presents Deerhunter/Fresh and Onlys @ Heaven on Thursday, May 6th
65daysofstatic @ Koko on Wednesday, May 12th
Thats all for now- go to as many as you can I say
Deerhunter are an American four-piece from Atlanta, USA. This album Cryptograms (2007) is one of many and I can assure it is a rare gem of post-punk/psychedelic ambience!
Every track blends into the next one, alternating between simmering ambient soundscapes and psychedelic shoegazey numbers. They are signed to Kranky (US) so the label of quality is there from the start. Their delightfully ethereal blend of dream-pop and punk-rock makes for one of the best albums of the decade.
I find this album really easy and pleasant to listen to. You can just listen to it all the time and it just chills you out without you getting sick of it. Its kind of like a series of magical landscapes that evolve with some really tight driving rhythms- one of the best things you can listen to when Lucy’s around. The wonderfully breathy vocals are quite reminiscent of shoegaze bands like Jesus & The Mary Chain and the guitar texturing is similar to more ambient post-rock acts like This Will Destroy You (not that there’s any direct link between them). When you break it down its clear the brilliance of this record is rooted in the fact that the fusion of different influences creates unique sounding music. On top of this, tracks like “Octet” and the title track “Cryptograms” are actually quite simple, and I think this makes them easier to get into and enjoy.
They’re playing at Heaven (London) on the 6th of May and I’ve read that Deerhunter live is like a religious experience… so I’ll see you there basically.
Until next time…