Friday, November 25, 2005

Emma Pollock

As some of you know the delgados are one of my favourite groups of all time, their music is simply stunning. Unfortunately they split up as a band earlier this year but continue to run their record label, chemikal underground

Emma Pollock was vocals and guitar in the group and has subsequently signed to 4AD records to release some solo material. You may remember that Alan Barr had told me he had heard some demo stuff at the arab strap gig. Well on wednesday she played a live set in London, and on Thursday went on the Tom Robinson show on radio 6 to play two tracks with jamie savage on keyboards (the younger brother of paul, the delgados drummer). I awaited the performance with anticipation and trepidation, what would it sound like, how would it compare to the sound she created for the delgados? A world exclusive radio broadcast of any of her solo stuff and I wasn't disappointed. The basic setup of guitar and piano worked just fine, and the tracks played were quite beautiful, if a little ragged around the edges. I can't wait to hear how these will develop into the finished recorded product next year. In the mean time if you are quick you can use the listen again facility here. Emma plays about 1 hour 5min into the programme and again about 15 min later, chatting in between numbers. Her website is under development at

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