Leucocyte – Esbjorn Svennson Trio – My Review

September 25, 2008

The final album by E.S.T. (as Ebjorn Svensson tragically died earlier this year) is brilliant. And somewhat suprising. Ever since i first started listening to them, with Good Morning Susie Soho, then followed by Strange Place for Snow, Seven Days of Falling, Viatcum and Tuesday Wonderland, the trio have been refining their winning forumla. Each album build upon the strenghs of the earlier ones, but they also kind of replaced them. With Leucocyte however, well, it’s a swirling blend of beuty and chaos, along similar lines as some of the secret tracks on their previous albums. While other bands seem to have tried to copy the EST forumla in recent years, nobody has come close to matching them. Piano jazz rock fusion I guess. They make a lot of rock bands look dull 🙂 I’ll give up trying to sound intelligent now. But hey, E.S.T.’s last album is on course to be my album of the year. (And that’s including Portishead’s Third and McMurtry’s Just Us Kids).

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A return to fencing: tired, sick and fed-up

September 16, 2008

Ho-hum. Had a really bad night’s sleep last night. Darn mice. Why won’t they go away. Or at least be quiet. Anyway, that set me up for a miserable morning at work. Which isn’t going well anyway. I’ve definitely entered the “Ali K” phase of my PhD. Sigh. And it was going so well…

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A little review that i missed

September 15, 2008


I didn’t know people reviewed performances at OotB, so I missed this first time around. I get the feeling that they say nice things about everybody, but it’s still nice to hear that somebody was listening and cared enough to write a few words.

Al and Al Can you be too good? There’s a great interplay between this guitar and bass duo, melodies on both instruments intertwining, but it feels like they would be as proficient even if no-one was listening. Because of this, and the late hour, the audience starts to drift off. If they were to cock an ear, though, they’d be treated to a honey bass voice that’s used as a tenor, and beautiful flourishes and harmonics on guitar. They finish with ‘Trees’, which is a love song to the aforementioned. Not in that way, though. Well, I hope not. Anyway, its seriously impressive stuff – hope they come back.

An Update from Alasdair

September 14, 2008

Hello avid readers.

What reader you may ask? Well, somebody must be reading. And I don’t see how Ali, Louisa, Lucy and Colm have contributed to nearly 10k hits. And I know I certainly don’t waste my time reading my own blog. Hell, I usually fail to write posts in the first place.

Anyway, now that I’ve finished wittering away, hit “more” for some news on some gigs and other stuff.

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