Good to see more diversity in the city’s soundscape. Picturebook have been delivering crisp, funk infused electro pop, reminiscent of early Sugarcubes, for a couple of years. And their clash of beats, synths, violins and sequencers has found favour with Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer, the men who set up Sire Records, and signed up Blondie and Madonna.
They’ve recorded a couple of singles in Stockholm, too, so that pop pedigree is bound to get an added sheen, and Greta, the band’s singer, is originally from the wind-lashed Faroe Islands. We don’t know what it is, but there’s something magical in those icy northern lands, and it always leaves its DNA markers in the music.
The band have just signed to NY label Blue Horizon, and Greta has just guested on the new Deadmau5 record.
That sounds like a band to watch. Which, by good fortune, you can, tonight.
Picturebook, 1 October
Mello Mello, Parr Street