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14695459_1288012621240845_7659761123584020282_nAs usual it is the end of the working week that provides the new and original music but there is certainly something for everyone as we head into the weekend proper.

Tonight at The Victoria, Songs of Praise offer up some interesting indie sounds. Opening the show is Luckless (pictured), a solo artist who ticks enough on-trend boxes as to make her cooler than the other side of the pillow. Originally from New Zealand, based in Berlin and pushing a musical agenda of raw, guitar soundscaping that references the likes of PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse and Warpaint. How cool is that? Also on the bill you will find local indie kids Horizon playing their last gig before announcing major changes within their ranks.

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13576874_832345986903046_7132549823957230697_oIt is strange observing the backlash you see on social media in response to people’s tributes to recently deceased musicians. The latest was over the loss of Leonard Cohen, an artist I came to fairly late but one whose blend of the profound and the profane, romance, religion, sex and heart aching emotion put to melancholic and minimalist music ticked so many boxes for me. I get that he is not everyone’s cup of tea and possibly like Dylan or Neil Young isn’t always the best person to deliver the brilliant songs he wrote.

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12107195_1244345382258646_5535775219833483091_nLuckless’s sound is as elusive as smoke but as enveloping as smog. Definitions hover slightly out of reach while layers of guitar-wail and drum-thunder echo around the edges. Luckless draws inspiration from 90’s heroes PJ Harvey, Mark Lanegan and Sparklehorse, while reaching out to contemporary touchstones The Kills and Warpaint; the music is poised somewhere between the ethereal haze of indie folk and the propulsive drive of alt-rock. Not since Fur Patrol’s Julia Deans has New Zealand had as compelling a frontwoman; a guitar slinging, caterwauling explosion as capable of entrancing as eviscerating an audience.

As a solo performer, Rossiter pushes the boundaries of her songs, stretching and sliding through moments of solemnity and brightness, melancholy and optimism, with a voice given free range to do as it chooses.

“beautifully controlled, almost sculpted music… but that’s only one side of Luckless, and Rossiter’s other mode is more defiant than defeated,,. atmospheric and dynamic, and perfectly suited to songs I’d describe as lusty and lyrical, but hardly Luckless.”

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