[live review] port-royal, kontakte, winterlight @ wilmington arms, london

November 4, 2010

Concert date: October 29, 2010

port-royal perform at the Wilmington Arms, London, October 29th 2010

Last Friday saw an evening of extremely satisfying electronic shoegaze at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell, courtesy of Italian dreamscapers port-royal (pictured above), London-based Kontakte and Winterlight, who hail from Cornwall.

The venue’s intimate club setting, with semi-improvised audiovisual projection system (a sheet hung up at the back), provided a fitting context for the flowing, saturated, minor-key house of port-royal’s Dying In Time (2009, reviewed here), material from which constituted the majority of their set. The feel was familiar (familial even) but exploratory, introspective but welcoming – like their album only more so.

Kontakte performing at the Wilmington Arms, London, October 29th 2010

I hadn’t come across Kontakte (pictured above) before this performance. They wear their Germanic inspiration lightly (being named after a seminal Stockhausen piece and all), focusing instead on a universal, propulsive, often noisy – though always accessible – wall of electric guitar and synthetic textures and rhythm. Very effective it was too, and entirely sympathetic to port-royal’s set to come (watch one of the songs they performed here). I will definitely be looking up their new album, We Move Through Negative Spaces, when it arrives early next year.

Unfortunately I was too late to catch much of Winterlight’s set. Based on video evidence, though, it was a slightly poppier (with a nostalgia-inducing early-80s hue) take on the night’s instrumental shoegaze template – though no less intelligent or transporting for it. Again, a new album in early 2011 should be on your listening list.

Winterlight’s Tim Ingham joined port-royal on stage for their set too (they are label-mates) and, as an aside, he also designed the album cover for Dying In Time – further examples of the symbiosis between these three artists that made this evening gel so well.

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  1. […] Concert date: October 29, 2010 Last Friday saw an evening of extremely satisfying electronic shoegaze at the Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell, courtesy of Italian dreamscapers port-royal (pictured above), London-based Kontakte and Winterlight, who hail from Cornwall. The venue's intimate club setting, with semi-improvised audiovisual projection system (a sheet hung up at the back), provided a fitting context for the flowing, saturated, minor-key ho … Read More […]


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