By Green Man Festival’s Sunday you’ll either be swimming (like your tent)in a sea of the water that has fallen out of the sky or that hung over on scrumpy that you cannot speak. Or like me you’ll be drinking it all in on the way back to your b&b for between set for mini naps. Anyways here’s a few of my potential highlights from Sunday with honourable mentions for The Walkmen, Jonathan Richman and Feist.
Tiny Ruins: Walled Garden Stage
Describing her own lilting sound as ‘southern hemisphere folk’ Bristol-born, New Zealand-raised musician and songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, weaves a precious atmosphere with her affecting tone and clever narrative songwriting. Spurious Joni Mitchell comparisons might be placing a lot on such young slender shoulders but maybe ‘the new Laura Marling that nobody has heard of yet’ might be more fitting.So I’m hoping she can soothe those early morning headache with a sigh and a pluck…
Paul Thomas Saunders: Walled Garden Stage
Here’s another singer songwriter this time of the male variery earlier this year Paul Thomas Saunders has released a startling acoustic version performance of his track ‘The Trail Remains Unseen’ watch it below, it’s taken from his ‘Descartes Highlands’ EP.He should be witnessed on the afternoon confines of a smaller stage for hopefully one of those ‘I was there’ moments.
Islet: Far Out Tent
Some might say Cardiff’s shape shifting outfit Islet have no image, some have called their shape shifting, bracing, post rock that collectively builds upon twisting turning percussion, screeching guitar lines, primal hollering, delicate moments, that they throw onto walls stand back and joyfully and watch the dots join together, and its genreless, some have tried and failed Krautrock, No Wave, Art Rock they say but none of it does justice to the fact that they are deconstructing the pretence of the verse chorus verse chorus. Utilising to great success an ethos that just focuses upon what they find successful when playing together in a room, and explores it into new spaces. Their visceral live shows consist of two drums set up, members constantly switching from instrument to instrument until they can find a utensil that klangs or thwacks with sufficient effect, Mark joyfully encroaching from his area to literally invade the audience, most of all it’s a collective that lustfully relish the performance, the moment, the music above everything else and its this that makes them stand out, and cut through the mundanity. Islet have previously played in bands like The Victorian English Gentlemen’s club, Attack and Defend and Fredrick Stanley Star. This year they released their marvelous debut album proper ‘Illuminated Poeple’…
Of Montreal: Far Out Tent
Montreal’s Of Montreal are that rare beast a independent band who have clung fiercly to willfully off-kilter artistic detours.Born of the visions of Kevin Barnes over multiple vibrant, tuneful albums crafted upon a tapestry of delightful multi-instrumentation, they have blurred the lines between psych-twee-electro-indie Smith’s bizarre imagery has revealed parts of himself.Their new album ‘Paralytic Stalks’ owes as much to multicoloured rnb of Prince as it does to the intimacy of Eliot Smith and the pysch-melodies of early Pink Floyd. I’m strapping myself in for a party soundtracked by Of Montreal in a field in Powys!