Noah and the Whale - The First Days of Spring (4 stars)

Noah and the Whale - The First Days of Spring

(Young & Lost)

A sublime paean to the restorative powers of nature, space and time, The First Days of Spring elevates London’s Noah and the Whale from punctuation-denigrating indie-poppers – see 2008’s mini-hit, ‘5 Years Time’ (sic) – to philharmonic alt.rockers with a winning line in lyrical solace.

Emmy the Great and Laura Marling may be notable ex-members, but Noah helmsman Charlie Fink can gloriously hold his own. These baritone odes to heartbreak and hope are in outstanding company: ‘Blue Skies’ aurally echoes, and emotionally rescues, Yo La Tengo’s ‘Last Days of Disco’, while the title track conjures Smog’s exquisite ‘Rock Bottom Riser’. This is a lovely album.

First Days of Spring

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Charlie Fink
  • Cast: Patrick Hyde, Daisy Lowe

An extended music video and film project from indie band Noah & The Whale. The band's Charlie Fink wrote and directed the film to accompany their second album and act as a companion piece to it, a visual version of it and as a piece in its own right. Fink will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Noah & the Whale: The First Days of Spring

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 1h 8min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Charlie Fink

Lo-fi London band Noah and the Whale present the accompanying film to their second album 'The First Days of Spring'. This screening will be introduced by lead singer and director Fink and followed by a Q&A.

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