Cindytalk live at the Supernormal Festival
Location: Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, OX10
Time: Sunday, 21 August 2011 10:00 pm
Supernormal is a surprising new addition to the festival circuit, a spontaneous and experimental artist-led event, which lends itself perfectly to the magical looking-glass world that is Braziers Park in Oxfordhire. Explore a spectacle of cult live music, performance, discussion and cutting edge contemporary art in the sprawling ramshackle grounds.
one of the most bafflingly brilliant live sets I’ve ever witnessed
Reactions to Cindytalk at Supernormal…
“Cindytalk are enjoying an increased amount of exposure recently as a result of the trio of fractured ambient albums released by mainstay Gordon Sharp on Editions Mego.It would be a shame if this detracted attention from the full group, whose performance tonight verges on the shamanistic – powerfully dominated by a lucidly funky Paul Middleton on drums.A now wholly improvisatory concern, Dan Knowler’s versatile guitar moves everywhere from sheer blizzard to angular Beefheartian flourishes.New recruit Jacob Burns opens up subtle electronic wormholes, Gary Jeff’s bass covers dub-like foundations, melodic runs and abstract texture with Sharp’s spectrally anguished vocals and body language controlling the overall flow.This emotional maturity allows for that very rare thing : a melting pot where the boundary dissolving of genres results in something genuinely original and uncategorisable.”
by Jonny Mugwump for The Wire, October 2011.
“So many great performances but I think best in show has to go to Cindytalk for one of the most bafflingly brilliant live sets I’ve ever witnessed.”
“Cindytalk on the other hand were great, a hard edged razor reflection with bitter dispersions of eelectricity whipping the conventional rock dynamics… couldn’t really string any sense from the vocals, too effect diseased, but they imparted a tasty strung out/comedown angry almost vitriolic vibe… a souring of affections, mulled over disappointments. The lead singer downed the contents of a hip flask on the music’s fractures… Pissed on Skullflower’s toe dipping into the void,and defo got me curious about hearing more…”
(Live photo by jmugwump)
Read Exotic Pylon’s pre-fest review of Supernormal here.