Leon Vynehall came to EartH with a live set showcasing his new album Nothing is Still. The album is produced to tell a story, which comes in subtle forms through the musical threads that weave their way through the album. But also comes in more obvious forms such as the titling of songs as chapters or the literal novel which accompanies the LP vinyl.
EartH the venue for the evening was also a great choice. An old disused cinema, still with much of its original art and décor. The derelict site has found new life as a cultural arts centre showcasing new styles. The setting added a theatrical aspect to the show, mixing greatly with the storied style of the set, creating a greater feeling of spectacle than your standard club or gig night.
As the set opened with From the Sea, the ambient sounds combined with flashing and pulsing lights back lighting the stage gave the impression something alien was arriving. If first contact was made in Hackney, this would be the ideal soundtrack. The set flowed beautifully from there whether that be the sax notes of Movement or the impromptu drum solo that punctuated the atmospheric set with a sudden burst of energy. Starting with Trouble the set took a darker twist, the looping animal panting adding an extra sense of unease to the set. As the set chugged to a climax with Ice Cream the crowd rose to give a standing ovation as the set closed out. The show and album itself as a whole seeks out to make the audience feel in the way a moving film or play would do than a traditional concert. Something which for the most part it accomplishes nicely.
You can check out Leon Vynehall’s new album Nothing is Still here
Photo credit: Fabrice Bourgelle