Kweku Ackom-Mensah checks out Convergence @ Village Underground
With just a couple of wrong calls, this awesome art night out at Village Underground could have ended up as an evening of art at The Barbican. Thankfully Convergence (music + art + technology in their words) chose wisely, no offence Barbican.
The first act of the night, once we arrived, was Saycet two multi instrumental electro composers who performed powerful epic compositions including live vocals and violin. Tracks (or pieces) that would have found a suitable home on the Inception soundtrack, were accompanied by lighting and visuals which made the most of the epic venue. No mixing in between tracks, applause instead and deserved applause at that, these guys are impressive and genuinely trying something new.
Andrew Weatherall, who we didn’t recognise due to lack of his signature beard, then took the helm for an hour of the best reggae and dub I’ve heard in years. Coupled with a formidable sound system which I assume Village Underground nicked off a festival (the kind you can feel vibrating your pancreas), this was a set to immediately take your mind back to that day laying in a busy field that summer, when the reverb came from the ground, through happy blades of grass and into your back ….. that kind of reggae. Put a reminder in your phone to search out Andrew Weatherall in 2015.
Finally, rolling 4 guitars deep, White Noise Sound took the stage and ended the night in rock’n’roll. They had a couple of big tracks which added an extra element to the night but would have been better off as our starter rather than dessert. With crashing chords that, at times, drowned out their frontman, the acoustics were against them and the four pronged attack sounded more like a barrage of strings. However, Convergence did promise something different and ending in rock ticked boxes.
Convergence runs until March 21st at Village Underground and is well worth a look for those experimentalists amongst you. Expect the unexpected.