Whenever I see Laura Marling live I’m always reminded of a performance she did on Jools Holland way back in 2007. It sticks with me – the way her eyes never stray from the floor, except to glance at her guitar to occasionally correct herself. I was once again reminded of this as I watched her perform songs from her sixth album, Semper Femina, at a livestreamed Q&A session at Goldsmiths University. She rarely made eye contact with any one of the 50 or so people in the room, but despite this, her gaze is stoic, confident. Perhaps it’s unfair to make such a comparison; naturally one would change over 10 or so years. But it seems with this album that Marling is ready to ponder questions about her own work that she previously never has, and the resulting songs are both self-assured and probing. Continue reading “Laura Marling Student Press Conference – 13th February 2017”
The London Palladium sits on Argyll Street, hugged on both sides by intimidatingly busy streets (Regent and Oxford). Amongst the chaos of tourists and Christmas shoppers it is difficult to imagine that this is where, in just a few hours, Keaton Henson will make his much-anticipated return to London with his new album Kindly Now.
Alexandra Palace is an imposing venue – the front facade towers over the London skyline, giving just a glimpse at the scale of the inside before you enter. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry tells the crowd in the midst of their set that she reckons it’s the band’s 40th show on tour for their second album Every Open Eye, and easily their largest headline show to date. It would be no wonder if Chvrches had anxieties about playing here tonight.
A large crowd has gathered in the grand theatrical surroundings of O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – the lights have dimmed; a soundtrack of nature-infused sounds filters through the darkness, and a magical forest backdrop appears on stage. All this announces the arrival of Los Angeles-based band Lord Huron, who bring their fusion of contemporary and traditional Americana to London.
As the opening synths of ‘Introduction’ sounded through the haze of a back room in an arts centre in residential Homerton, it was made very clear that Django Django were back, and back with a bigger sound than before.
Having not heard of Oxjam before this year, I was pretty excited to see what it was all about. In essence, it’s a pub crawl/gig crossover where bands and DJs play at five venues spanning New Cross and Deptford from 5pm-3am. Despite only recognising a few names on the bill, it was a good chance to see various local talent and support some independent venues in the process.