Euros Childs – Live

21 Sep

Sticky Mike’s: Monday, September 3, 2012

It’s a miracle that  Euros Childs finds time to play live. Last month’s Summer Special was his eighth solo studio album in six years, and he’s also released collaborations with Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake (Jonny) and Race Horses’ Meilyr Jones (Cousins).

Returning to Brighton for the first time since December’s majestic solo piano show in the serene surroundings of the Unitarian Church, this time the former Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci main man was backed by a full band, but don’t think for a minute this was any less gorgeous.

The swirling Desolation Blues would prove he could crank it up when he wanted to, but tonight largely reinforced the view that he’s cornered the market in lush.

The first three tracks – off the new album – were layered with sun-soaked three-part harmonies, delivered just in time for the last vestiges of summer, before his renown story-telling style came to the fore on the ghoulish Cavendish Hall.

From then on the set was littered with leftfield pop nuggets, all doused in his idiosyncratic lyrical charm. We had the weird and wonderful; songs about a bearded female blacksmith and a man who watches couples having sex on the beach, alongside tender ballads, such as the wistful Parent’s Place.

Whatever the subject matter, though, each was blessed with a corking tune. He might be prolific, but there’s never been a drop in standards. Childs is a (Welsh) national treasure.

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