• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles II, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Some of us only get lucky at Christmas by brandishing mistletoe as one might an axe.

Not alt-pop charmers Kid Canaveral. Their pulling powers are slick and far-reaching, if their second annual pop carousal, Christmas Baubles II, was anything to go by.

Fife romancer The Pictish Trail fired up the room with a drive-pop super-group that included Edinburgh chamber post-rockers Eagleowl, before a turn from Welsh skewed-folk bard Sweet Baboo, Yuletide comedy and "reverse burlesque" from London comic Josie Long, and heady alt-rock from Glasgow's Martin John Henry.

Standard Fare attested their name is ironic – the Sheffield troupe packed several power-pop punches – and Kid Canaveral made for typically rousing hosts in a set that included a King Creosote cameo (for their joint single, Homerun and a Vow) and an alluring hint of what's to come in the riveting alt-rock of new song, The Wrench.

Two stand-out moments made the day. One came courtesy of heavenly indie duo Slow Club, who opened their performance in the middle of the sold-out crowd, and re-cast Pulp's student anthem Disco 2000 as a fragile, show-stopping aria.

The other highlight came from Aidan Moffat, who floored us with an acoustic rendition of Arab Strap's I Would Have Liked Me a Lot Last Night, and outshone PJ Harvey in the role of "icon pacing stage with autoharp". The sucker punch came with a beautiful children's story, The Lavender Blue Dress. It struck the room silent and moved some to tears.

"Polyamory is the place to be," crooned Moffat in a song about group sex. Given Kid Canaveral's pop love-in, one is tempted to agree.

HHHHH

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

77170