King Midas Sound & Fennesz and Lucy at Volksbühne

Fennesz live at the Strathmore Mansion

It’s a nice warm Sunday in Berlin, 19:00 and still light.  A friend in semi-drag awaits me on the steps to the Volksbühne with eyes mascara smudged and golden toe nails matching his golden sandals.  We wander around the foyer and feel happy.

The audience sit, lie and enjoy an extremely nice, relaxing darkness framed in glitter…

The Volksbühne seats have been removed, the walls covered with glitter curtains and so the audience sit, lie and enjoy an extremely nice, relaxing darkness framed in glitter, rubberlike floor and filled with rays of sound that morph into dark rivers, veins, skies, earth, sun and feelings of the future blending with our ancient past, archetypes watch over us as we get a chance to breathe and think.  The view of the performers veiled via projections on a transparent screen between them and the audience. Behind this screen, they look like they’re sitting in a cave in a jungle.

The flute sounds reminiscent of shamanic rituals, chanting and modal melodic riffs…

The effect is that of enchanted mystery mixed with a sense of humour; focus on the growing layers of texture. There is also quite a bit of humour in the morphing flavours, especially with the flute sounds reminiscent of shamanic rituals, chanting and modal melodic riffs giving the overall dense texture lightness of being.  This carries on for a very long time.  And then the beats start dropping on top of it all.  I don’t think I have been to such a pleasant show in a while.

An exploration of the endless interplay between the universal and the deeply individual

This is Lucy’s new live AV show in support of new album, Self Mythology on Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts label. In his own words:  “This work is a meditation upon the reciprocity between personal hopes and fears and collective dreams and nightmares; an exploration of the endless interplay between the universal and the deeply individual.” Jon Jacobs improvises live abstract vocals and flute layers, and Lucy’s brother Ignazio Mortellaro is behind the visuals.

Hallucinatory tone poems of heartbreak, despair, disappearance, and displacement…

Next bright, and from close-up front stage, “hallucinatory tone poems of heartbreak, despair, disappearance, and displacement…cosmic blues meets a siren’s song” (Ninja Tune).  King Midas Sound is a trio led by Kevin Martin (The Bug), with vocalist Kiki Hitomi, and singer/poet Roger Robinson. Edition 1, a collaborative album between King Midas Sound and Fennesz is the first of four records, which will team King Midas Sound with a different artist. The vocals hang in an air of sublime dissonance that somehow gives a brilliant grounding presence to the complex swirling shimmering ebb and flow of Fennesz and Martin.  It’s in a way very real and very art brut theatrical.  Brilliant show.

Listen:

King Midas Sound & Fennesz
http://kingmidassoundmusic.bandcamp.com/album/edition-1

Lucy feat Jon Jacobs & Ignazio Mortellaro
https://soundcloud.com/stroboscopicartefacts/salp004_sacd007

Presented by Crack Magazine | Digital in Berlin

Review by Claire 

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