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Erja Lyytinen: Slowly burning

Erja Lyytinen | 100 Club | 11 April 2017

(Photo credit: Edyta Krzesak www.edytakphotography.com)

Erja Lyytinen is a phenomenal guitarist. That’s a given. Not just technically brilliant – capable of playing with speed and precision, able to imbue every solo with unique character and tone – she has an edge over many other virtuosos: the ability to cram so much tangible emotion into six strings.  

So when she delivers the cascading, intensifying instrumental break of the magnificent ‘Black Ocean’, it’s as if she’s actually reliving the same dark feelings that went into lyrics like “I need some peace/ Please hear my call”. The jaw-dropping how-did-she-do-that slide solo of swampy Koko Taylor reimagination ‘I’m A Woman’ brims with a lifetime’s worth of admiration for the pioneering singer. And the high-energy performances that propel the nimble ‘Stolen Hearts’ and body-shakin’ ‘Rocking Chair’ overflow with an unbridled happiness.

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Teleman: Put on your favourite song

Teleman | KOKO | 14 April 2016

Teleman thrive on precision. By definitively solving the man-machine equation, they’ve succeeded at packaging the full range of human emotions in impeccable, song-shaped boxes. Some are unpacked at KOKO tonight – more swing to the drumming, longer guitar solos, additional synth textures – but without a trace of needless excess. In fact, by ensuring the flashiest part of the show is Thomas Sanders’ shirt, the quartet reinforce just how meticulous and important their music is.

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