Review: I Am Kloot at Islington Assembly Hall
Published on November 21st, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
“Shall I tell you the tales of glory, in light of the many righted wrongs?” sings John Bramwell on “Bullets”, the opening track of I Am Kloot’s sublime new album Let It All In; quite frankly, a few more tales of glory for this enduringly wonderful group would be a righted wrong in itself. Ahead of the record’s 21st January release, this joyous performance at London’s Islington Assembly Hall is a good start.
They’re yet to go stratospheric like their good friends Elbow (is that Richard Jupp on keyboards tonight?) – perhaps they never will – but as far as Rocksucker’s concerned Let It All In represent’s Kloot’s sixth resounding success out of six LPs, by definition placing their back catalogue amongst the finest of the last twenty years. While plenty of new material is aired, the nostalgia settings are cranked up to suit the celebratory atmosphere with a number of choice cuts from their much-loved debut, including “To You”, “No Fear of Falling” and “Storm Warning”.
The crowd’s appreciation is reassuringly rapturous, and this writer’s personal favourite “To the Brink” (from 2010 album Sky at Night) is thrown in early, introduced by Bramwell as a song about “drinking, and disaster”. Damn how swoonsome is that weaving, ascending string line? We don’t want to go too much into detail about the new ones given that our review of the album is imminent, but they’re instant Kloot beauties – klooties? – one and all.
In our recent interview with him, Bramwell said, “I think the real great communication that music can make is at a gig…the record is the way of introducing your music to people, but the gig is the actual thing”; Rocksucker was mildly sceptical on account of how great their recorded output is, but to bear witness to the collective glow that accompanied this show has certainly challenged our bias.
Peter Sissons should be proud.
Rocksucker says: Five Quails out of Five!