Music preview: Supermoon

August 18, 2015 - Supermoon

Artist before famous as Meursault performs as partial of Song, by Toad’s Pale Imitation Festival

‘Death to Meursault … we will kill again … ’ warned Neil Pennycook one year ago. Not one to renege on meaningful promises, Supermoon – a latest phenomenon of Pennycook’s singular code of fortifying melancholia – headlines Summerhall in a marquee eventuality (or ‘posh and show-offy’ according to tag owners Matthew) of Song, by Toad’s Pale Imitation Festival on Aug 27.

Labelmate and long-time co-operator of Pennycook’s, Rob St John, completes a lineup where a new collection of songs, reasonably named I Will Kill Again, will see their debut.

From a glimpses that we’ve been given of his post-Meursault guise, there seems to be some-more of an corner to Supermoon, with a darker and representation detailed sounds of ‘Klopfgeist’ adding a foresight undercurrent to a informed symphonic howls and whimpers into that Pennycook contorts his voice. It competence be seen as a dauntless preference to leave behind such a cult following as Meursault had, though Pennycook never was one to rest on his laurels, constantly elaborating his former car both in terms of sonic taste and lineup; it is by this lens that this uncover should be viewed. One of a some-more constrained performers to emerge in new years, he’s equally able of nude behind and exposed performances, stirring, orchestra-backed soundscapes, and scarcely floating a roof off a Liquid Rooms. This time, he’s corroborated by a full band, though to an finish that stays pleasingly puzzling – and what improved venue in that to hang this gold of probability than Summerhall’s Dissection Room?

With Eagleowl (Aug 20), Adam Stafford (Aug 22) and a Night School Records showcase (Aug 29) all still to come during Henry’s Cellar Bar as partial of Pale Imitation, it’s protected to contend that when it comes to live song in Edinburgh, reports of the passing have been severely exaggerated.

Summerhall, 560 1581, 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £10.

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