LIVE REVIEW – WYLES & SIMPSON
4TH MARCH 2015
Abigail Wyles & Holly Simpson couldn’t have picked a more a more apt venue for their showcase launch of their eponymous début album (released on March 23 MTA records). St Pancras Old Church was beautifully candlelit, giving the proceedings an almost spiritual atmosphere from the go. W&S were at the front, delivering a sombre, melancholy sermon of soulful electronica to a reverent crowd.
The whole album had an airing, coming in live at just under an hour, and included singles Stormy Skies and Light and Dark. It felt almost blasphemous to internally ask so many questions of the duo, as they played, because they were so damn earnest. Wyles’ voice is a thing of beauty. Not fragile, or whispered, but strong yet sombre. Simpson’s soundscapes are finely nuanced; bass heavy, ethereal, discordant, weighty and feather light.
Beautiful music from a very talented duo, they’re sailing against a tide of mediocrity and doing their own thing. For that, LOTI salutes you.