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Pinkunoizu - The Old Blue Last

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Yet another band which is made from another band; it's happening a lot these days. Pinkunoizu is half of Le Fiasko, taking that experimental folky sound even further into the depths of psych and strange sampling, making whirring and drawn-out soundscape tracks. They're minimalist, sparse, focussed. Having been likened to The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, it seems there is something deeper and much more thoughtful to Pinkunoizu than these mainstream comparisons. They'd fit nicely alongside Wooden Shjips and The Black Angels on an Austin Psyh Fest mixtape - distorition-filled, dreamy, drifting, random experimentalness, from Copenhagen of all places.

Despite knowing what they sound like, from recordings to live shows, tonight's showcase really didn't meet expectations. The band seemed to be nervous and a little distracted, as was I, and there were no additional violinists or brass players tonight. The intelligent sampling, jazz drumming and guitar intricacies found on debut album Free Time were struggling to come through too.

An overtly beardy and quiffy crowd settled down around halfway through the gig, resulting in some industry-bod getting out his fancy recording device and standing, hand-high, right in front of me to capture the proliferating layers of sound coming from the stage. Swaying graciously from organ-laced, free-spirited 60s vibes to world music influences, Pinkunoizu become somewhat absorbing, thankfully, but the audience just weren't right for this band. Don't you just hate it when the venue is full of chattering scenesters and a PA that is held together with duct-tape?

The end of Pinkunoizu's set was in-directional, in a good way - they cite influences from Francois Hardy and Karen Daltom to Omar Suleyman and Mr Bungle. Eclectic, and it shows. For anyone who hasn't heard them before I hope this was a typical lesson in a band building something up, creating an atmosphere, getting to a crescendo. They brought round what was a fairly ignorant and 'there-for-the-kudos' crowd, and despite initial nerves and lack of an production to enhance the Pinkunoizu experience, pulled off an enigmatic and interesting show, although it might not be the post-apocalyptic rock that singer Andreas Pallisgaard had hoped for.

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