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Reviewed on 3rd October 2016.

 
 

Meadowlark

Live at Headrow House on Monday, 26th September 2016

With recent single Quicksand, bristol duo Kate Mcgill and Dan Broadley - aka Meadowlark - turned to the wider world for inspiration. A haunting lament on the largely under-reported brick kiln slave trade known as bonded labour, the track found its inspiration after HONY blogger Brandon Stanton exposed the illegal practice on a humanitarian visit spotlighting Pakistan.

The refrain of 'This is going down like quicksand' is wrapped in a musically skeletal frame recalling Midnight by Coldplay, and it's a sound that typifies the band and their mesmerising set at Headrow House tonight. The theme so runs through their music that opener Headlights even greets us with the line 'good morning midnight, sleepless nights I lay my head down'.

But it's a favourable comparison, and one that could be stretched even further if you float the idea that most of the songs Meadowlark perform here are essentially ghost stories - if not lyrically then at least in the wispy, ethereal ambience that surrounds each electronic beat.

There are beautiful vocal melodies and enough soaring piano lines to send everyone in attendance home with a free chorus, particularly on the uplifting Paraffin and the blissed out Satellite, a prayer for the newly lovelorn which layers a catchy and hopeful refrain then takes it dancing in the dark.

It all adds up to an immersive and intimate experience, and right now Meadowlark are a band perfectly positioned to play the cosy venues coming up to meet them; as their music grows, with any luck their crowds will too.

 

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