BAXTER DURY - OTHER LIVES - JUDITH KIDDO - LOUISE VERNEUIL
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Witty songwriting, chic chamber pop and retro-futuristic synthpop
WhenSat. 2 May, 2020
Dury is alternately very funny, oddly disturbing and genuinely touching, which is a lot of ground to cover in under half an hour.
Spinning wry, observant stories of life among the well-heeled but poorly behaved, Baxter Dury, the son of pub rock/new wave icon Ian Dury, is a songwriter and vocalist with a strong and distinctive style.
After a tempestuous early life, he began his musical career by performing at a memorial service for his dad, then produced a series of albums beginning with 2002's Len Parrot's Memorial Lift that balanced his deadpan vocals and debauched storytelling with subtle chamber pop arrangements and a nervy modern new wave approach.
By the time of 2017's Prince of Tears, some disco began to slip into his sound as he cemented his place as one of the wittiest, most biting songwriters of his era.
When Other Lives emerged from Oklahoma, their sweeping, cinematic arrangements and haunting, wistful melodies had an extra side effect: the uncanny ability to evoke big skies and broad horizons, as if the band’s DNA was the wide-open space of their home state’s prairies. Breaking through with their 2011 album Tamer Animals, MOJO magazine labelled Other Lives, “The next must-have pastoral American sensation”, and judging by their new album, For Their Love, Other Lives have continued to grow: it’s their most evocative, awestruck and intimate record yet, invested with a new vein of poetic thought addressing the individual and society in these turbulent times.
Judith Kiddo returns to Les Nuits 2020 for the release of her first EP, "Petit Chien" (produced by the talented Robbing Millions), after a nice series of gigs and two memorable clips! Her sweet madness, her eclectic influences, and her deeply instinctive relationship with writing feed an efficient, multi-faceted but always coherent synthpop. Focused on a sensitive voice with soul accents, her songs give way to agile guitars, retro-futuristic keyboards and beats that are sometimes electronic, sometimes organic. Judith, delivers a raw, ultra-sensitive and luminous presence on stage, surrounded by a real local all-star band!
Ample and cinematographic, Louise Verneuil's songs take us on a journey, with long travelling shots where we see this Amazon rolling "for no reason", rolling until " touching the horizon ". The path is meant to be initiatory and paved with electric guitars, lyrics soaring with violins, North African drums and sensual choirs as if in a colourful return to the British and Bohemian rock of the 70s. Between Jane Birkin and Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith and Nico, Louise creates a filiation that evokes leather and silk, chic and doggy.