Music Language - Various venues, Glasgow, 1 & 2 Sep 2012 (4 stars)

Glasgow festival of challenging and uniquely entertaining music

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Music Language - Various venues, Glasgow, 1 & 2 Sep 2012

Conquering Animal Sound

The all-dayer festival has had mixed fortunes; in Glasgow at least. Fortunately, sometimes folks get it right. Launched last year by celebrated Glasgow promoters Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails, Music Language has been ambitious in its attempts to gather a varied cross-section of the city’s music but the efforts to produce something all-encompassing, challenging and uniquely entertaining have once more paid off.

Spanning two days, artists were housed in unusual venues – homely vegan café The 78; nearby art space SWG3; the school hall Kinning Park Complex and tacky but loveable line-dance haven, The Grand Ole Opry. There was a unified sense of honesty in expression throughout, whether weird and wonderful or jarring and practically unlistenable. From outdoor generator gigs too intense for walls (Phat Trophies, The Downs, World Peace, Muscletusk); Conquering Animal Sound’s sublime Sunday serenade; Hector Bizerk’s commanding rap party; Sacred Paws tearing it up in socks and the downbeat beauty of Happy Particles and Remember Remember, ML’s eclecticism was a welcome source of endless fascination. More please.

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