Gift Horse, The Nature Centre, Moonsoup
Gift Horse + The Nature Centre + Moonsoup
Entry Requirements: 18 and over
Gift Horse are a Glasgow duo combining the breathy chanson-pop vocals of French-born guitarist Audrey Bizouerne with the darkly comic Scottish storytelling of drummer David Maxwell.
Formed in 2017, Gift Horse move fluently between kitchen-sink lyrics that navigate the humdrum and the sublime, flirtations with surf and garage-rock, 4AD indie in the Breeders/Throwing Muses mould, and juxtaposed girl-boy vocals that recall the quiet intensity of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan.
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The Nature Centre plays three-minute pop songs, which weave between heavy sax riffs, jazzy clarinet bubbles, proggy chord changes and folky vocals, with a solid dose of left-footed danceability.
Birmingham born-and-fed, The Nature Centre was raised on the nobody-can-see-us-so-we’ll-do-what-we-want energy of fellow Brummies Broadcast, Pram and The Nightingales. You’ll also hear bits of The Slits, Cate le Bon, XTC, Field Music and Girls At Our Best.
The band is Beth Hopkins on wind, banjo, synth and vocals, Oli Pyper on bass, synth and vocals, Hamish Campbell-Legg on drums, and Bird on guitar.