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LIVE: Jamie Isaac @ YES

WORDS BY GEORGE LINCOLN

It seemed fitting that the hazy and almost sombre atmosphere of YES’ Pink Room played host to Jamie Isaac on a bitterly cold evening in Manchester. Arriving with a band, Isaac tours to showcase his latest work – ‘(4:30) Idler’ – a mesmerising piece that boasts maturity from the multi–instrumentalist, blending genres and telling personal stories of his sleeplessness and worry.

Sticking with the atmospheric attitude that the album takes, Isaac merely wanders on to the stage through the warm welcome, and settled right into the set. Elegantly gliding through the openers, and arriving at debut album’s ‘Last Drip’; where an extended version truly allows the band to let go, inviting the odd head-bob as listeners get lost in the expansiveness of the sound.

Without much down time between songs, Isaac vaguely acknowledges the giddy crowd, calmly ushering them to be quiet to fully appreciate the depth of each track. ‘Doing Better’ for example, places a lilting piano refrain over a hip-hop beat, accompanied with beautifully controlled vocals that allow his thoughts to flow emotionally across the music. As the set progresses into ‘Wings’ the quality of Isaac’s keyboard playing is accurately highlighted, playing sensitively and passionately, considering each note placement so it ties the heartfelt music perfectly together.

 

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Throughout the set the band do an immaculate job of translating Isaac’s self-produced creations into powerful pieces that allow his vocals to soar. ‘Slurp’ especially; providing a simple bubbly groove with floaty vocals throughout, or ‘Eyes Closed’; where a seductive guitar lead partners with a high pitch bass-line to create an immersive sense of energy around the room.

While the sounds created by Isaac and his band are often at the forefront of the tracks, the lyrics that drift blissfully behind are deep and emotive. As the last song begins – ‘(4:30) Idler’ – the band intensifies and Isaac continues by explaining the meaning behind the lyrics (and what feels like much of the album), in a spoken word like fashion; ending the set with an energetic flurry that caps off a superb performance. With Jamie Isaac already talking about getting to work on his third full length album, this simply feels like a stepping stone for the talented 24 year old. An effortless blend of, soul, jazz, bass and electronic synth – it’s no wonder he can’t sleep.

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LIVE: Parcels @ Manchester Academy | 05.11.18

WORDS BY GEORGE LINCOLN        PHOTO BY JEAN RACLET

The infectious funk and stunning harmonies of Aussie-via-Berlin band, Parcels, conjures up sounds of peak period Chic, while hitting notes as though The Beach Boys have turned their hand to electronic-disco. It’s no wonder then, that their genre crossing sound managed to grab the attention of legendary DJ and production duo Daft Punk at one of their energetic live performances, which shortly after accelerated the band to stardom following their stylish single ‘Overnight’.

Arriving in Manchester off the back of a highly anticipated and raved about debut album, the ambitious five-piece set out to win the hearts of listeners with their slick grooves and seductive melodies that fill the room and force people to dance. From initially taking to the stage through an immense and thoroughly planned light show, the band begins with the album opener ‘Comedown’, where the distinctive arrangement of guitar and keys is greeted to a roar of approval and recognition from the welcoming crowd.

Gliding through their polished live set with admirable showmanship, Parcels provide timeless music that fills the Academy with a sense of joyful optimism; singing relatable lyrics and locking into the groove with ease. ‘Lightenup’ especially, where the bands collective sound really comes together and urges listeners to sing along; ‘’time to lighten up?’’. Other highlights came in the form of funk infused ‘Tieduprightnow’, which releases a rippling bass-line that hints at Vulfpeck, and the slower synth heavy track ‘Withorwithout’.

 

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While the bright funk and disco grooves lift the audience to create an atmosphere that Parcels must be ever so used to, the slower tracks truly allow the exceptional vocals to ring throughout the venue. The well worked cover of Paul McCartney’s track ‘Every Night’, or Parcels’ ‘Bemyself’, brake down the set, captivate the crowd, and leave listeners in awe of the vocal range apparent from every member of the band. A well-rehearsed performance from a hotly-anticipated young group of musicians, proving they have the style, creativity and go-forward to really shine.

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LIVE: Franc Moody @ The Deaf Institute | 17.10.18

WORDS BY GEORGE LINCOLN      PHOTOS BY JACK KIRWIN

Anticipation loomed as curious music fans gathered to await the funky sounds of London synth-pop collective Franc Moody. Arriving in Manchester off the back of a string of shows, initially supporting Friendly Fires followed by a run of festival appearances, the group are on fire at the moment. Fronted by Ned Franc and Jon Moody, they set out on their first UK headline tour- hoping to wow the niche fan-base they have acquired through their DIY sound.

The colourful yet simplistic stage set up at The Deaf Institute allowed for the two openers, Darcie and Patawawa, to pave the way for the London collective, who, straight from sound check, opened with ‘Yuri’. From the initial melodic bassline oh so prominent throughout all of Moody’s sound, the band effortlessly glided into their jam, enticing the crowd and setting the pace for everything else to come.

Flowing through their set, providing an extremely energetic performance, Moody played their highly addictive, atmospheric songs that captivate an audience and often leave the band fully overwhelmed by the response they receive. ‘Pheromones’ highlighting their personality with their infusion of soul seeped funk evidently influenced from fellow Londoners, Jungle; while ‘Hypnotised’ creates the underwater feel so often apparent throughout the work of Porches.

 

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With a set that so elegantly passes through every song, where each strategically-placed fill creates a different groove or sense of euphoria, accompanied by simple and catchy lyrics, it’s hard not to fall in love with the music Franc Moody plays. Highlights of the set however, came in the form of the penultimate song ‘Dance Moves’, and the beautifully worked encore ‘In Too Deep’, started by smooth RnB vocals reminiscent of Jorja Smith.

This diverse group of talented musicians provide a high tempo live performance full of excitement, electricity and creative flair, and react to the crowds every move, who in turn, can not help but love the unforced chemistry radiating from the stage.

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