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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Marissa Nadler / Mt. Royal / PINS @ Baby's All Right 3/19/2014
UK label Bella Union launched a North American extension earlier this year and Wednesday night (3/19) had a coming out party at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, with four of their artists playing. The night was headlined by Marissa Nadler (who's signed to Sacred Bones over here) who played with cello backing. By that point in the evening -- after three rock bands and imbibing -- the crowd was a little chatty for Nadler's delicate style but, pulling from her new album July, she sounded great nonetheless.
The rest of night's line-up were all fresh from SXSW, the best of which was undoubtably Mt. Royal, the new project from Celebration singer Katrina Ford. Their widescreen, ethereal strain of pop is not dissimilar to Blonde Redhead or Beach House, but Ford's magnetic presence and powerhouse pipes distinguishes them immediately. I always liked seeing Celebration live, but Mt. Royal make music I want to listen to at home, too (their debut EP is great).
The night opened with two international bands: Manchester, UK's PINS, who seemed to have raided Dum Dum Girls' wardrobe, make scratchy, scrappy indiepop; and Berlin-based trio Ballet School, who make anthemic techno-rock (I kept thinking of Laura Branigan's "Gloria"). In between sets, Bella Union domo (and onetime Cocteau Twins bassist) Simon Raymonde kept the crowd entertained as DJ. Pics from all of last night's bands are in this post.