Morcheeba – July 6th

MORCHEEBA, THE TRIP HOP PAYBACK

Less gloomy than Bristol’s trip hop current, Morcheeba, a British youth cult band, but not only, that loves dance floor evenings, are stylish to the right degree. Without overdoing it. Something more than a band, it is a representation of sound where music is much more than a simple listening sensation. And when live, it is the perfect image of British coolness. And a perfect machine that leaves you breathless with an incredible stage act, mainly thanks to Skye, and enormous attention to quality. It is not without reason that Ross Godfrey never tires of repeating: «Our influences range from the blues of the ‘50s, to the psychedelic rock of the ‘60s, the dub reggae of the ’70s, the electronic sounds of the ’80s and hip hop of the ’90s».

MORCHEEBA LIVE – REVIEW

Morcheeba, faithful to their initial declarations, immediately start off with a bang: Who can You Trust? released in 1996 with the intriguing single, Trigger Hippie, became an overnight success, followed by Big Calm in 1998, awarded a Gold Disk in Canada and Platinum in the UK and France. Thanks also to the singles Blindfold and Part of Process. And their intriguing videos. In fact, besides the music, visuals also play an important role in their project. The real turning point came in 2000 with the album Fragments of Freedom which contains the hit single Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day. Stylistic transformations, pretty much accepted by the majority of their fans, and changes in the band’s formation – the exit and re-entry of singer Skye, replaced during her period of absence by various other artists including folk singer Judie Tzuke, singer-guitarist Bradley Burgess and French singer Manda (Amanda Zamolo) with whom Morcheeba played live – have not altered their spirit. Not even now that only two of the original members, Edwards and Ross Godfrey, are left. They still have a natural harmony which is extremely obvious at live shows. The two, supported by an almost familiar band, understand each other without even a glance. The power of experience. And of passion for music.

The set includes hits that encompass 25 years of career and, besides historical tracks like Friction and The Sea, they will also be performing extracts from their latest album, including the title track It’s Summertime and Never Undo without forgetting David Bowie’s Let’s Dance. And then there is Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day and Part of The Process, as if the evening will never come to an end and everything were one eternal party, because “in this day and age it’s so easy to stress,/’Cause people act strange and you can never second guess”.