Boomkat Product Review:
A live rendition of one of last year’s most beautiful records, now somehow elevated by rickety acoustics and badly tuned piano, plus some new/bonus material, highly recommended if you’re into Laila Sakini, Flaming Tunes, Jonnine, early Cat Power.
Sparse but emotionally generous, Sydney’s Matthew P. Hopkins and Mary MacDougall’s songs exude a kind of effortless transcendence, the sort of thing that also draws us to their antipodean contemporary Laila Sakini. Making a virtue of meagre instrumentation, their mix of spoken word and brittle folksong feels entirely rooted in the present, where it could have all come across dour and lonely, it glows with warmth.
The sound of the audience and rudimentary tuning lends the whole thing added intimacy, creating a listening experience you’ll struggle not to completely succumb to.