As a whole, this rather reminded me of everyday life. The simplistic life with its ups and downs, exciting moments and dull moments. The opening song gave the audience a taste of contemporary music, with the band members clicking their fingers and stamping their feet to the recorded voice of man singing mouth music - when the singer uses different syllables and creates almost "nonsense" words. The other band members joined in gradually and soon the music was blaring. The band had captivated the audience with contrasting pieces using recorded voices, texts, and even videos.
The worst, unfortunately, were a few songs in the middle that sounded horribly disconcerting, one in particular where it seemed as though the instruments were being tortured to a video of who knows what. I must give credit to Ken Thomson who played the woodwind instruments as he bounced and moved and was a delight to watch, but the music would have been better without him. David Cossin was rather wonderful though playing the drumkit and the xylophone together.
The best pieces were one video of a cat as it wandered through a garden and the music was beautifully vibrant and sweet. Another where they broke a pop song into static and changed it into a funky rhythm, but the encore was simply amazing: smiles all around from the musicians themselves and definitely getting the audience into the swing of music itself.
Kaitlyn Chatwood is a pupil at Leith Academy and this review was submitted as part of The Herald Young Critics project with Edinburgh International Festival.