Review: Amiina at St Leonard’s Church

BRRRR! Pretty nippy in London, isn’t it? YES. A very frosty night indeed, with snow and sharp, cutting winds. It was a relief to get inside the beautiful St Leonard’s Church on Shoreditch High Street. 

Unfortunately, I missed most of Plaster of Paris’ set. I only caught the last couple of songs, but from what I heard- they were absolutely wonderful. The singer had an amazing voice that resonated so well in the church. After a little interval, Brighton three-piece Esben and The Witch played. They had projections beaming on the screen behind them, it was amazing to watch.

Icelandic headliners Amiina played as a three piece. This was a special show where they soundtracked the 1920′s silhouette animations of Lotte Reineger. They did two fairy tales: Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The music itself was beautiful, but when combined with the animations it was magical. It was impossible to draw your eyes away from the screen, but at the same time, there was the temptation to watch Amiina playing their musical instruments and making all of their brilliant, atmospheric sounds. One member played the musical saw so wonderfully; it’s always such a delight to see that instrument in use. The evening flew by all too quickly and it was over in a flash. It was a brilliant gig to end the year on.

I really can’t say just how amazing the silhouette animations were, to find out more about Lotte Reineger go here. And then go here and listnen to Amiina. Beautiful.

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2 Responses to Review: Amiina at St Leonard’s Church

  1. Michelle December 19, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    Wow – how cool! I wish I could have seen the animation and Amiina’s music together.
    Since you like the musical saw and since Christmas is approaching, you might enjoy ‘Silent Night’ played on the musical saw in the NYC subway:
    The musician is Natalia Paruz.

  2. at_the_sea December 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Amiina are just amazing, they are my equivalent to Alessi or She Keeps Bees..would see them every time they come over to play (gutted I had to miss the Twisted Christmas show earlier in the week). As well as the saw I love their use of music boxes too, always sends a shiver up the spine, and the sound of a crackling fire from their first EP.

    Hope they’ll be back in the New Year for some more and longer shows, was my first experience of the Lotte Reineger animations..have swiftly stuck a DVD on my wishlist :-)

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