photo: Robin Hill

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Next up in our string of festival sets captured by the fine folk of IMPATV – atmospheric drone duo Mésange take to the Supernormal stage.

A collaboration between violinist Agathe Max (Kuro) and guitarist Luke Mawdsley (Cavalier Song) Mésange have established themselves as underground regulars in the past few years. Releasing two albums on God Unknown records and maintaining a fairly steady live presence. Despite this they remain a confounding experience. Combining clean playing with a variety of processing and effects to create mysterious pools of sound. Although often beautiful and peaceful they also run to knotty sound storms evoking a range of emotional responses. Their unique approach to arrangement avoids well trodden paths in ambient, drone and post rock leading to a kind of pleasing uncertainty about where the music is heading.

Mésange is French for tit, the delightful little blue bird with the comedy name whose likeness graces the covers of both their albums so far. While their music can be airborne, ethereal and bird-like I’m sure they’re quite aware of the duality. Luke performs here in a pink skirt with two large gaffa tape crosses over his nipples. Just sayin.

They played Supernormal in the Saturday afternoon sun, lay back on the virtual grass and let your mind wander where they lead.

 

Mésange play with Acid Mothers Temple at Band On The Wall, Manchester on Weds 9th October and Brave Exhibitions Festival, Newcastle on Sat 16th October

previous sets from IMPATV at SUPERNORMAL…

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