Indietracks 2009: Chris’s take…

It was a real comedown returning to real life after such a brilliant weekend. We saw so many good bands and met so many nice people that it was a shame it all had to end! Unfortunately it did, but we’ll always have the memories (and photos and videos and CDs), so here are some of my highlights to help recapture the joyous time had by all:

Saturday was a gloriously sunny day bookended by two great performances on the outdoor Elefant stage. After a lengthy bus and train journey from our hotel in Nottingham, we arrived just in time to see Sucrette from Kyoto, Japan, kick things off with a lovely set that took us back to the glory days of Shibuya-Kei and classic Japanese pop. Those arriving nice and early on site (including our new friends Fitness Forever, whose set later on Saturday provided another unquestionable highlight) were given a real sunshine treat with this performance:

After a nigh-on perfect day of beautiful weather and fantastic music, Guille Milkyway (aka La Casa Azul, from Barcelona) rounded off Saturday with an absolutely incredible non-stop performance of what should have been global smash hits. The combination of Guille’s ultra-enthusiastic showmanship, mind-blowing visuals, and our vantage point down the front (surrounded by manic Spanish people loudly singing along to every song) all added up to a truly unforgettable set (and probably my supreme highlight of the weekend). Here is the video of his wonderfully uplifting version of John Paul Young’s “Love Is In The Air”:

Unfortunately the weather (not to mention our taxi journey to the festival) took a drastic turn for the worse on Sunday, but such was the friendly atmosphere on site and the calibre of performers on show that our enjoyment was lessened barely a jot. My personal highlights of the day were a heartbreakingly beautiful performance by our good friends The Marshmallow Kisses in the church. The performance was augmented with beautiful trumpet and viola from, respectively, Brad of Boston’s One Happy Island and Barbara of Whiteoak, not to mention sterling guitar and keyboards by our very own Tim:

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For me, Sunday’s other standout performance came from the returned and seemingly revitalised Nick Garrie. Having disappeared from the music scene almost 40 years ago, after producing an unsung classic of the era in the shape of “The Nightmare of JB Stanislas”, it was an unexpected and delightful treat to see him perform both songs from that album and his new record on Elefant, “49 Arlington Gardens”. Here’s a video of Nick playing the beautiful “Twilight” from his latest album, and let’s hope for much more wonderful new music from this extremely talented singer-songwiter:

Well, I think I’ve gone on long enough now, but I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who came along to watch our set, all the lovely people we met, and everyone who helped make Indietracks such an enjoyable experience. Here’s to next year!

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