The former Slowdive and Mojave 3 frontman promotes his acclaimed second solo album, ‘Oh! Mighty Engine’, an understated slice of English eccentricity, described by NME as “like Syd Barrett if he’d ever set foot on a surfboard”. Appropriately, after spending many years signed to Creation and 4AD, Halstead is now signed to fellow wave-rider Jack Johnson’s Brushfire label. The comparison ends there, however, with Halstead eschewing Johnson’s Radio 2-friendly fare for bittersweet paeans such as ‘No Mercy For The Muse’, strangely psychedelic lullabies such as ‘Spinning For Spoonie’ and the jangly, Byrds-y single ‘Queen Bee’.
A solo, acoustic show from Bristol-based singer/songwriter Nick Talbot (aka Gravenhurst), which is his first live appearance in the capital for six months. He is currently working on the follow-up to 2007’s incredible album ‘The Western Lands’, which saw him adopting a sound that was midway between the sonic adventurism of My Bloody Valentine and the folky introspection of Fairport Convention.
Holton’s Opulent Oog
The curiously named side-project of moonlighting Coley Park guitarist Nick Holton, who plans to follow his acclaimed psych-folk debut ‘The Problem With Knowledge’ with a brand new triple album later this year.
@ St Giles-In-The-Fields Church
St Giles High Street
Tel: 020 7240 2532
Friday April 24
£9 advance from www.wegottickets.com/soniccathedral
£10 on the door
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Added by soniccathedral on March 22, 2009