Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lykke Li
El Perro del Mar
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
8th June

I discovered these two Swedish girls a few days before they played in Glasgow, one of those happy accidents, where I ask myself - who is playing? Who should I be going to see? Last.fm has a gig guide, and with that tracks to listen to. Hence, I'm in King Tuts on a Sunday night to see two bands I have never heard before a few days before.


El Perro del Mar is a melancholic singer song writer. Short little songs, sometimes amusing, sometimes about love and other relationships. She comes across as straight forward and downbeat, sings while playing the guitar. Though she also played the flute and keyboards, and was joined by members of Lykke Li's band a couple of times to provide extra keyboards and bass guitar.




Lykke Li is quite a contrast in performance terms. While her songs may have thematic comparisons, she is almost a hyperactive blur as she bounces around the stage. She encourages the audience to dance, to clap, while she seduces them with her cute energy and energetic pop songs. Her drummer stands for most of the gig battering away at a drum, while she smashes cymbals, shakes tambourines, spins around, jumps in the air and shakes various other sound creating contraptions. The set is short, but memorable, especially with the encore of a Tribe Called Quest's Can I Kick It?

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