Special Guests and Suitably Quirky Surroundings

SOFAR SOUNDS

Johnny Lloyd

Marika Hackman

Mystery Jets

Imakr 3D Printing Store, Clerkenwell – 25th January 2016

As the customary array of London hipsters cram themselves gracefully into yet another impromptu performance space, provided courtesy of Clerkenwell’s 3D printing studio Imakr, the air of anticipation is even more palpable than usual. It is a rare occurrence that Sofar Sounds, a pioneering movement synonymous with supporting unsigned and lesser known acts, flirts with the mainstream. And yet as the trendy crowd – a sea of rolled up trousers and bare ankles – perch themselves on picnic blankets and, for the lucky few, a lone sofa, the air is abuzz with rumours that this evening’s show will feature a headline slot from a band who have released five studio albums, scored a string of Top 40 singles and sold out arenas across the country. As if to nonchalantly confirm the social media gossip, Mystery Jets bassist Jack Flanagan reclines casually on the aforementioned sofa, grinning and laughing as though he’s kicking back in his own front room. Tonight, Sofar plays host to Indie rock royalty. Continue reading

Former Fleet Foxes drummer cuts loose with uninhibited second album.

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

Witty, intelligent, charming, casually self-deprecating, sharply dressed and only reluctantly sincere, Josh Tillman is undoubtedly a man who lets his music speak for itself. Having parted ways with extravagantly hirsute folk-rock icons Fleet Foxes back in 2012, the band’s former drummer returns with one of the most lyrically absorbing albums you can hope to get your hands on this year. Still boasting a beard of almost tropical luxuriance, Tillman shows an intuitive grasp of writing psychedelic folk tunes with lyrics wickedly cynical yet searingly honest and at times piercingly heartfelt.“Love is just an institution based on human frailty” he bellows on one of the album’s more perplexingly uplifting moments; his most striking attribute as a songwriter is to make such seemingly bleak and bitter sentiments feel profoundly cathartic. Continue reading