My Computer Live
My Computer NME On Night @ The Barfly, Camden 12/11/02
Hailed as the best thing to come out of Manchester since the Mondays, Manchester duo, My Computer, take their studio based musical oeuvres on the road. The main protagonists, Chesy and Dave Luke, are joined by a guitarist, drummer and bass player to recreate their highly acclaimed sonic odysseys live.

The sound can be best described as a fusion between Air and Coldplay. Vocoda twisted vocals, complimented by moody rhodes keys, dry drums, elements of Arabic acoustic and electric guitars, and solid dubby bass playing start to give you an idea of how diverse and ambitious a sound My Computer are striving to seduce us with. Chesy's vocals also veer between lilting falsetto and tortured melodies, and more classic 60s psychedelia, bearing comparisons to Chris Martin and Jeff Buckley in parts, and to Nick Drake and Tim Hardin in his sublimely lazy phrasing on a couple of songs.

To further add to the hotchpotch of influences, Royksopp styled instrumental soundscapes setting a considered mood at the beginning of the set, and John Barry strings introduce another song. The highlight was the extremely infectious Vulnerabilia, hook-laden and empathic lyrically for the jilted generation.

'Don't do drugs,' exclaims Chesy at the end of one of the songs. Certainly a statement from experience, although when it came to the last number, Magic Bus, sounding akin to a techno splurge by Space, I wished the bus had taken them away, and laced them with the finest narcotics. Despite that, it was a very good start for a band that has only been gigging recently, and if they and label mate/boss's The Free Association are anything to go by, then 13 Amp is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

‘Vulnerabilia’ is the new album on 13 Amp

‘Vulnerabilia’ was released on August 27th

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