Live Review: Skinny Pelembe at Patterns
Thursday 17th October, 2019
Skinny Pelembe has had a great year since releasing his 2018 EP Sleep More, Make More Friends which saw him team up with Hejira, Yazmin Lacey and Emma-Jean Thackray and this year he released his new album Dreaming Is Dead Now and has appeared at Love Supreme and We Out Here festivals.
Skinny Pelembe’s compositions are often complex pieces interwoven with a wide variety of samples and sounds that he assembles in the studio. For his live shows, and this one in particular, he was able to successfully re-create his compositions with just three people. This was achieved with the help of fellow multi-instrumentalist Chloe Beth Smith who impressively covered the keyboard parts, bass- synth part and backing vocals.
Pelembe’s set combined earlier material, including his infectious track I Just Wanna Be Your Prisoner, with tracks from the new album, such as the catchy Spit/Swallow.
Skinny Pelembe continues to impress with original music that is both honest and engaging.
Words: Charlie Anderson
Photos: Lisa Wormsley