Mitchell Museum * Esperi Mello Mello Live Review

Posted on 30 July 2011
By Richard Lewis
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Leading off with a clangorous opening track, Glaswegians Mitchell Museum evoked early mid-paced Flaming Lips spliced with Animal Collective at a well-attended Harvest Sun gig.

The Peter’s Port Memorial Service LP, released to great acclaim last year was trawled though, early single Tiger Heartbeat providing one of the highlights of the set.

The band’s fondness for anachronistic musical instruments, ancient, creaking keyboards and ZX Spectrum tunes, also extends to their performances, as the woozy keyboards of Tiger Heartbeat proved.

What They Built, shorn of its memorably wayward video supplied another high point, the fuzzed out beauty of Warning Bells updating vintage psych for the modern age.

Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound albeit keyboard-led was re-imagined, the deliberately ramshackle arrangements of some of the songs giving the melodies room to develop.

Prior to the ‘Museum, Esperi played to an impressive crowd considering the early hour.

The trio’s spiraling tunes weaved their way across the café floor, the Dundee based three piece utilising acoustic guitar, fiddle and cello live.

The project of multi-instrumentalist Chris Lee-Marr, the vocalist looped the guitar and vocal tracks before moving on to a myriad of other instruments, reaching for bass guitar, keyboard, additional backing vocals and additional guitars, layering the sounds on top of each other.

Retaining the simplicity of the arrangements, the soft acoustic lead tunes were vaguely reminiscent of early Crosby, Stills and Nash, the same harmonically rich material generated by a sparing amount of instrumentation.

Bowed guitar similar to Sigur Ros, introduced to music in the sixties by The Creation, introduced a gentle element of psychedelia into proceedings prior to Mitchell Museum’s set.