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American band Woven Hand in Moscow, Club Na Brestskoi

Following the concert of Current 93 another Gothic tinted band no less remarkable for Moscow music lovers has recently visited the Russian capital. Woven Hand gave one concert in Moscow in the framework of its European tour supporting the new album "Mosaic".

It would have been great to see alive the vocalist and banjo player David Eugene Edwards, who, when the frontman of 16 Horsepower sang the amazing song The Partisan (by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d'Astier) with the French band Noir Desir. But, unfortunately, it turned not so easy to discern David Eugene Edwards at the concert in Club Na Brestskoi: the stage was too low, while David was almost constantly sitting, surrounded by a thick wall of surprisingly gigantic listeners. The two video screens on both sides of the stage did not make up the deficiency. It is a live concert! Where is the singer?! one wanted to cry up We had not a faintest desire to force our way to the stage through the crowd of fans, so we could only watch the bodies of other music lovers (lots of them looked rather embarrassed, too) or the blurry screens. Funny enough, what could be seen best of all was the bar with barmen briskly selling drinks; one could enjoy the sight of them without any effort.

In addition to beer one could also buy Woven Hands CDs at the concert: so far the Russian recording concern Soyuz has released four licensed disks with Edwards projects, including Sixteen Horsepowers albums "Folklore" (2002) and "Olden" (2003), as well as Woven Hands "Blush Music" (2003) and "Consider the birds" (2004). Specially for the concert the new album "Mosaic" was put on sale.

The concert was 45 minutes delayed, but that is a common thing. The sound technician was not always good at his work, but that is also something not uncommon. There is nothing special about the fact that the first rows of public partly cover the performers But when going to a concert one hopes to get something different from annoying commonplace. In short, the whole set-up was a bit pressing.

The creation of David Eugene Edwards evokes the following visual associations: as if one is going with a flashlight in hand along an endless dark tunnel and can hear nothing but ones own voice, steps, and strange rustles and noises. Woven Hand is undoubtedly a talented project, but it seems one is better to consume this bands art rather moderately.

When leaving the concert somewhat in the middle of it we felt like saying Thank you for singing in return to Davids usual indifferent Thank you for clapping.

Vera Ivanova and Mikhail Manykin

December 14, 2006 12:39

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