LIVE REVIEW: Me Lost Me & Nathalie Stern @ Cobalt, Newcastle (10.12.21) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Me Lost Me and Nathalie Stern are more suitable bedfellows than one might think at first glance, both have authentic folk voices explored with nuance, intelligence and a sense of modernity. Stern’s scintillating turn draws predominantly from 2019’s Nerves and Skin, utilising her incredible talent for harmony. She creates an immersive folk-horror sound bath; making the most rudimentary of backing feel forceful. Her concession to Christmas is the inclusion of an Icelandic hymn- a pitch-perfect choice in a set where the atmosphere oscillated between the gorgeously ornate and the grotesque. 

Me Lost Me’s set is the perfect foil to this- a somewhat breezier affair- but embodying the same beautiful, mysterious qualities. Accompanied by John Pope on double bass and Faye Maccalman on clarinet; Dent’s material is really allowed space to breathe, ebb and flow. Material from most recent EP The Circle Dance is stoically gorgeous, hopeful and characterful. The deeply affecting Walking is a highlight- a meditation on the merits of light exercise. The band closes with a tremendous reimagining of Gaudete- described accurately by Jayne as “very Eurovision”. It’s always a delight to see one singular talent on a bill – to see two in the space of one evening is nothing short of inspiring. 

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