Music Review: Vertigo

first_imgby Alexandra Paynter The first Vertigo this term had been dogged by misfortune; acts had backed out and new bands had to be found and sorted out at the last minute. Luckily this disaster wasn’t evident and didn’t spoil the evening. Jack Harris, an Imsoc regular, was the first to step up with his folk tune offerings. His songs dealt with topics ranging from bears to mountains to the flowers around him. They reminded one of stories heard as a child and soon he had a small group sitting around his feet, listening intently. Realising this he offered the rest of the cellar a chance to sit down, adding “Don’t just obey me; that’s fascism!” Much of his performance was of this rather surreal, delightful nature. His style was that of a storyteller and his soulful voice was comparable to the passion in David Gray’s “Babylon.” He kept the laughs going until he was ushered off stage for the next act.Dave House was an earnest, likeable South Londoner with the ghetto-complex of Jamie T and the lyrics of Lily Allen. He also has much in common with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, to whose label he is signed. They both sing in American accents for no good reason – indeed, House’s voice is reminiscent more of Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard than Lily Allen‘s mockney gurnings. He was certainly fun, and very enjoyable, but his work is hardly groundbreaking. Many artists in London sing in exactly the same style and about the same things and House doesn’t exactly stand out from them. He certainly isn‘t bad, but he will need to step up his game if he is to be at the forefront of this new movement.Francois and the Atlas Mountains, however, were exceptional. In the vein of Architecture in Helsinki they used a variety of different instruments to produce a very funky folk sound. Headed by the ridiculously good looking Francois, possessor of a wonderfully soft French accent, the songs instantly sounded beautiful on an almost mystical level, without bothering with silly things like lyrics. However, they held the audience’s attention best during their most energetic songs, which brought out their eccentric, fun side, whereas their slower tracks work best on record. If you get a chance to see them, this band is a must and they may just become an instant favourite in your record collection.Photo of Francois and the Atlas Mountains by Alexandra Paynter.last_img read more

Lent Hasn’t Been the Same for Years: Bishop Malzaire

first_img                   His Lordship, Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire His Lordship the Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire, is saddened by what he sees as a change in the attitude towards the Lenten season which began on Wednesday, February 26th and ends on April 9th.Lent is a period of penitential preparation for Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast excluding Sundays.This is in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry.Bishop Malzaire both old and young are guilty.He says, “We have noted with deep sadness changes in the tone of our Lenten season over the past years, a tone which has become less conducive to reflection and introspection., Many Catholics today especially the young are not able to tell the difference between the season of Lent and ordinary time. The reason being that there is little change in the tenor of our observances that would speak to the special qualities of the season.”The Bishop elaborated, “This is evident in the type of music we entertain at home and on the airwaves. Our older folks would be quite aware that it was not so when they grew up. For them, Carnival Tuesday was the end of one modus operandi and Ash Wednesday ushered in a new. Every Catholic instinctively knew the difference. Sadly, today we cannot say the same.”He made suggestions to help observers properly celebrate this somber period on the Christian calendar.Those recommendations include moments of prayer, silence, and singing, bible reading and retreats.“One of the requirements of Lenten observance is to do some form of penance: fasting, abstinence, alms-giving, visits to the sick and shut-in and intense prayer for self and others.”His Lordship challenges, “Decide for yourselves what forms you wish to embrace to prepare for the glorious celebration of Easter. Going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (that is Confession) is an obligation for every Catholic Christian in preparation for the celebration of Easter hence the term ‘making your Easter duty.’ Getting to Easter without reconciliation is akin to saying to our blessed Lord that he has died for nothing.“It has been said that the shortest road to heaven is through the confessional. It is indeed a narrow road- the road of humility and truth. Happy is the one who takes that route on a regular basis.”Listen to the Bishop’s full message here:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share Share 102 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNews Lent Hasn’t Been the Same for Years: Bishop Malzaire by: – February 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more