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Fans who wish to experience something a little bit different from the usual in their live shows are in for a treat this month, as former Swans vocalist and keyboard player Jarboe brings her eclectic show to Newcastle’s Lubber Fiend on Friday 11th November. Jarboe mixes the soothing and the sweeping with the abrasive and dangerous, producing a kind of music that drips atmosphere and feels best listened to in the dark, by candlelight.

Musically, Jarboe is typically eclectic in her sound, informed by a wide variety of influences. Her latest album Skin Blood Women Roses offers slow, brooding ballads, dominated by haunted, soaring vocals, piano and keys, with swells of dissonance, materialising and fading out again, all contributing to the occult atmosphere of the album. There is a distinct absence of a rhythm section on most of the album, allowing the songs to meander at their own pace. Plus, this month 1995’s seminal album Sacrificial Cake gets an anniversary reissue on vinyl.

Supporting Jarboe is avant-garde composer and lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, deepening the overall atmosphere with his stark, haunting melodies. The atmosphere Wissem is able to create with just one instrument is impressive, seeming to play two or three intertwining melodies at a time.

Jarboe and Jozef Van Wissem play The Lubber Fiend, Newcastle on Friday 11th November.


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