Thursday, 11 November 2010

Marina and the Diamonds and CocknBullKid performing live at the Forum, London

These images of Marina and the Diamonds and (Marina Lambrini Diamandis) CocknBullKid (Anita Blay) were taken on Tuesday night at the Forum in London. The lighting was not as bad as the Forum has come to be known for so managed to shoot these with an ISO or around 2000. Click on either image to see a slideshow of each acts performance.

Marina, is a Welsh singer-songwriter of Greek descent. She rose to fame after reaching number two on the BBC Sound of 2010 poll list, coming second to Ellie Goulding. After releasing one private EP, Diamandis released her second extended play, The Crown Jewels EP, with help from Neon Gold Records, in 2009. Now signed to 679 Recordings, she released her debut full-length studio album, The Family Jewels, followed by her third extended play, The American Jewels EP, in 2010.

CocknBullKid got a slot on Jools Holland even before she signed to Island Records. The 25 year old Hackney resident, has been working towards the release of her debut album Adulthood. The album was recorded in London, Paris and Stockholm with production from Liam Howe (man behind Marina and the Diamonds and member of '90s band Sneaker Pimps) and was put together in Howe's Dalston home studio, surrounded by vintage synths, and in the cosy confines of Snap Studios in North London. Blay co-wrote the songs with a variety of talents, including electronic, eccentric piano man Gonzales who worked on half the songs. There are a couple of songs from Peter Morén from Peter, Björn and John and a co-write each from Joe Flory aka Primary, Joseph 'Metronomy' Mount who produced Blay's Moshi Moshi-released early songs, and long-time collaborator Mark Tieku.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Midlake performing live at the Roundhouse, London

Here's a photograph of Midlake which I took earlier this evening at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. Midlake's sets are know for being their low lighting and this was not exception. It was good fun though and the band sounded great. Click the image above to open a flash slideshow of images from their set.

Midlake was formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students at the University of North Texas. Their debut full-length album, 2004's 'Bamnan and Slivercork', was recorded at home in Denton, Texas and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. It showed a move in the direction of lo-fi psychedelic electronica, embracing influences such as Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips.

In 2006, after nearly a year-and-a-half of recording and re-recording, they completed their second release for Bella Union, The Trials of Van Occupanther. The album was a venture into classic-rock revivalism, with a sound reminiscent of Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac. In February 2010 the band released their third full length album 'The Courage of Others', which gained "album of the month" in Mojo.