Slow Club and Nick Mulvey Perform at World Café Live Upstairs

English duo Slow Club, featuring Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson, performed on Friday, September 19th at World Café Live Upstairs. Supporting the duo on this tour is Nick Mulvey, a founding member of 2008 Mercury Prize-nominated band Portico Quartet, which he left in 2011 to pursue a solo career. Mulvey has since released two EPs, including The Trellis in 2012 and Fever to the Form in 2013, and his studio album First Mind in 2014, which received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. During his set, he looked casual and comfortable in his beanie and sneakers, which was appropriate for his sound. With a fingerpicking style, Mulvey produced an emotive and beckoning sound on his nylon guitar that filled the venue. His song “Meet Me There” was reminiscent of The Tallest Man on Earth, but with elements from Bon Iver and Iron and Wine mixed in for good measure. Featuring imagery of the great outdoors, his overall tone is somber, moody, and dark.

Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey

Since forming in Sheffield in 2006, Slow Club have released two EPs and two albums, each with its own distinct style. Their 2009 debut album Yeah So was a mixed collection of country and folk-tinged songs, while 2011’s more experimental Paradise, produced by Luke Smith, broadened the band’s horizons. Their third LP Complete Surrender came out on July 15th via Wichita Recordings and has already been generating a press from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, and more. Having worked with producer Colin Elliot, Charles said that during the recording process he was “…listening to a lot of Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, lots of 70s stuff.” While Rebecca was listening to a lot of Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, and Fleetwood Mac on the flip side, the album’s finished result is a mixed sound, which reflects the wide variety of influences that had an effect on the songwriting. The band reminded me a little of St. Vincent and but without the eccentricities and there is definitely a hint of Grimes’ pop sensibilities with some of the Cranberries tossed in too. The Fleetwood Mac influence is audible, perhaps with some Joni Mitchell. Taylor was visibly animated by the full crowd and was outgoing with her banter. Citing yet another influence, she introduced a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Look at Miss Ohio” with, “I’d like to sing a song by one of my all-time favorite Americans.” The band also performed a cover of “Peaches” by The Presidents of The United States of America. In addition, they performed “Not Mine to Love”, “Paraguay and Panama”, and “Everything is New”. She offered a joke to the audience, “Did anyone think about going to the 80s party downstairs and come here instead?” but everyone in attendance was clearly there to see the band’s set.

1 Comment

  1. Lauren Silvestri

    September 26, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    So upset I missed this show! Ever since the song “When I Go” I’ve been in love.

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