review of Mole Harness, Jasper Leyland and Gareth Dickson at the
Cube, Bristol 20.1.06, from Venue Magazine:
Harness is a familiar and fondly regarded creature around Bristol
by now, and just as his knack of simultaneously evoking air-punching
fanfare and wintry melancholy remains strong on new album ‘a
present from the future’, so it does in the live setting –
albeit largely stripped of the hissing Detroit drum machines that
made his early work so unique. Venue returns to him for an imminent
feature, so let’s scrutinise this evening’s two support
Norwich dweller Jasper Leyland may not have played The Cube –
or indeed any venue – before, but the warm, hypnotic sound
he coaxes via delicately restrained digital treatments of simple
guitar tones immerses this most appropriate of spaces with the cultured
caress of a seasoned electro-acoustic auteur.
Discovery of the night, however, is one Mr Gareth Dickson: a no-frills
Glaswegian guitarist with a winning propensity to tease ghostly
tonal ambience through basic chord sequences that resonate with
something far richer than the sum of their fluidly picked parts.
Once more, he’ll find few better homes.
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