Camera Obscura / Au Revoir Simone - Koko London
Au Revoir Simone have recently released their new album "The bird of music" in the UK and their short support slot consisted of tracks from it and previous mini album "Versus of comfort, assurance and salvation".
The three keyboard playing New Yorkers - Heather, Erika and Annie performed their laid back songs to a warm,responsive audience.Stand out tracks from the set were singles "Sad song" and "Fallen snow" with the highlight of the evening "Versus..." "Through the backyards"delivering a magic moment when the girls were lit by Koko's glitterball.
Au Revoir Simone are back in the UK for headline dates soon so I'm sure I'll be sampling more of their entertaining soundscapes.
Camera Obscura's "Let's get out of this country" was one of my most played albums of 2006 and I was lucky enough to see them playing live on a couple of occasions.
I thought they were a good live band but I really wanted lead singer Tracey Anne Campbell to smile each time I saw them as she had a dour onstage persona.
Luckily she was in better spirits for the bands Koko performance, their biggest London show to date, joking with the crowd and generally having fun.
Camera Obscura's Koko set was heavy with tracks from "Let's get out of this country" including the title track, Tesco ad "Country mile" and forthcoming single "Tears for affairs".
Older fans were rewarded with "Classic" songs including "Suspended from class" and "Teenager", both from the "Under achievers please try harder" album.
Guitarist Kenny McKeeve dedicated the bands version of Robert Burns "I love my Jean" to John Peel as they originally recorded it for his show.
Some of the audience were fairly restless during the older songs but the band got their full attention when they played "Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken", segueing into "Looks could kill", the intro to which gave me goosebumps as it's one of my favourites.
The bands set wound up with their recent album closer "Razzle dazzle Rose" but they were back to entertain us with a wonderful cover of Abba's "Supertrooper" and my highlight of the night, set closer "Eighties fan".
I was glad to see a good turnout for Koko.Hopfully the band have a few more great songs up their sleeves for the next album so they can build on the audience that their current collection has won them.
Camera Obscura's new single "Tears for affairs" is released on the 23rd of April on CD and 7" on Elefant Records in the UK and Europe.It will also be available as a digital download.
You can listen to it alongside other tracks at Camera Obscura's My Space page.