Art Fag (Song by Toad Night) - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Aug (4 stars)

Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Aug

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Art Fag (Song by Toad Night) - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Sun 30 Aug

There’s a communal feel at this night for local record label Song By Toad, in Edinburgh’s cosiest venue. Everyone seems to know everyone as the applause is fierce, and nobody feels right standing at the back.

It does mean the impact of Art Fag’s Neil Pennycook’s astonishing vocal blast is all the more resounding when you’re standing mere feet away. And the power is matched by raw emotion.

The man behind the highly lauded Meursault manages to throw his all into this simpler side project, even if his crouched stance seems an awkward, painful position from which to deliver a set of such magnitude. His gait, it turns out, is essential, as the various keyboards and electronics creating this immense atmosphere lack stands, and are placed on the ground, all the more nonchalant to the magic they are making.

For a record label so small, Song By Toad boasts some mighty acts. And any night with ‘The Sound of Music’ thrown in during a DJ set can be classed as a good one.

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