7VWWVW with Wounded Knee (4 stars)

Whitehill School, Glasgow, Thu 25 Mar 2010

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7VWWVW with Wounded Knee

Sometimes the ‘where’ is just as important as the ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘why’. So the setting was a key player at this beautifully oddball one-off show; where a high school lecture hall in Dennistoun hosted Edinburgh analogue synthesiser collective, 7VWWVW (or Mammal, out loud), performing ‘Here is Where’, a specially composed tribute to bobble-hatted Scots rambling legend, Tom Weir.

Dressed in woolly socks, tweed blazers and rucksacks, and swigging from a hip flask while playing, the four were joined by Edinburgh voice artist Wounded Knee, wrapping his peaty, mossy brogue around their glowing ambient soundscapes, while a screen showed wee Tam bouncing up hill-sides or grinning over stone dykes. ‘Aye, it’s a rare view!’, he beamed from the top of Arthur’s Seat; the end of 40-odd minutes of rainbow visuals of hot air balloons, soaring mountain panoramas and drizzly glens from Weir’s Way. Vintage technology, Scots riddling (Wounded Knee did a spectacular tongue-twist around Edwin Morgan’s ‘Canedolia’) and gently throbbing, mesmerising electronica. Aye, rare indeed.

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