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Blogtober Day 3: Kodaline – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 30/09/18

Blogtober Day 3: Kodaline – Sound Knowledge, Marlborough, 30/09/18

With a bite in the breeze and the night drawing in fast, standing in the courtyard outside Cafe Thirty8 on Sunday evening proved that autumn has well and truly arrived. It’s the perfect season for listening to a band like Kodaline: their indie-pop is laced with melancholy, songs which seem bright on the surface containing lyrics which tug painfully at your heartstrings.

Celebrating the release of their third album, Politics of Living, the Irish quartet performed three songs from their back catalogue alongside three songs from their newest release, and they complemented each other beautifully. The harmonies laced throughout Brother are quintessential Kodaline, while the “oh-oh” callbacks in Follow Your Fire are sure to work wonderfully in much larger live settings than this one.

High Hopes and All I Want had the crowd singing along: Kodaline got a lot of mainstream attention thanks to their debut, In A Perfect World, and the songs sound just as fresh as they did when they hit the airwaves back in 2013.

I’m yet to hear Politics In Living in full, but if you’re looking for an album which embodies the essence of the word autumnal, it seems like this could be the one for you. Based off of the songs they chose to showcase in this intimate setting, the band are still heavily focused upon vocals and lyrics above all else. If you prefer your music with an understated drumbeat and an absence of in your face bass, Kodaline have perfected the performance of songs which are stripped back yet still aurally stimulating.

Setlist:

Ready
High Hopes
Head Held High
Brother
Follow Your Fire
All I Want

 

We’re off to Sound Knowledge again on Sunday for an acoustic set by You Me At Six. That’s bound to be a special performance, so check back for my thoughts on it early next week.

Alyce

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