When: 7pm on Friday 13 May 2016
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF
We’re delighted to be working with Emma Pollock for the first time!
If Emma Pollock’s long-awaited – very long-awaited – new album In Search of Harperfield, explores themes of family, place and time, then the urgent call and response of Parks and Recreation finds us in the company of a younger Pollock: engaged in a fight or flight scenario with local bams, and delivering us a gilt-edged slab of alternative pop in the process.
From her career as a principal songwriter with The Delgados through her excellent brace of solo long players, Pollock’s ability to craft leftfield earworms has never been in doubt; with her new album’s debut single, the diminutive Glaswegian has broken her half-decade’s silence with the barreling rhythms of her former band and the urgent guitars of alt-pop heroes Tanya Donnelly and Kristin Hersh. Placing those taut guitars and infectious rhythms to one side though, it’s Emma’s vocal that really elevates Parks and Recreation to another level of beguiling pop: the laid back warmth of her delivery a perfect foil for the song’s percussive bluster.
‘The Dusty Springfield of cerebral indie pop. In a field of her own’ – Uncut, 8/10
Support comes from Elle Mary of Elle Mary & The Bad Men. Drawn to the communicative and bonding qualities of ‘folk’ but explorative beyond its stylistic connotations; enough of a pack member to want a band yet also keen to imbue a sense of solitude through her music, Elle Mary is an artist who operates best when balancing conflicting instincts.
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