Drowned In Sound are pretty renowned for their marvelous musical tastes and on Wednesday evening they did nothing to prove otherwise with Secretly Canadian signed band, Exitmusic, headlining Shoreditch basement venue C.A.M.P. following the release of their album this week.
First up on support duty were electro hip hop trio, Dems, who I’ve actually been supporting for around the past two years (I wrote about them on my old blog ages ago). The band were sounding just as fantastic live as on record. Everything works; production wise things are pretty tight and vocals are sounding perfect. Every song that the band played was sounding pretty huge.
Next up was gangly, ambient electronic producer, Halls. The basement venue with it’s green haze of lighting efforts suited his sound perfectly. I don’t think that any of us will ever know quite what Samuel Howard’s high pitched mumblings mean but I couldn’t really care quite frankly.
Exitmusic took to the small, make shift stage at around 10pm and performed a set that is just as spine tingling as you would expect. Their album, Passage, is one of my favourite releases of this year. Aleksa Palladino’s deep, slightly Cat Power-esque vocals are sounding just as wonderful live as on the record whilst Devon Church’s minimal production presents an endearing and delicate back drop. Within the concrete walls of C.A.M.P. you would have been able to hear a pin drop. The band terminate their set slightly early due to technical difficulties but no-one seems to be annoyed about it what so ever as the band has done everything that’s wanted of them; to perform a gorgeous and actually quite emotional group of songs live.
Exitmusic’s album ‘Passage’ is out now on Secretly Canadian.
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Words & photos by Katie Wilkinson