Friday, 23 July 2010

World Atlas + Red Shoe Diaries

Wednesday August 4th
Malt Cross
St. James's Street, Nottingham
Doors at 8pm
Free Entry

Brooklyn band World Atlas started in 2006 as a handful of four-track bedroom demos, sketches of songs mirroring stories afforded by the city. The idea culminated in a full ensemble including guest member Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, City Center) on guitar and The Umbrella Girls, who often serve as the group’s hand clappers, back-up singers and tambourine shakers. Their first self-titled EP is a pop atlas steeped in nostalgia and allegory that exudes an aesthetic of a library of weathered books, stolen glances and faded colors. Their instrumentation includes vibraphone, organ, shakers, trumpet and string arrangements taking the music beyond the pop confines of drums, bass and guitar. Infused with boy / girl harmonies and countermelodies the resulting songs depict both innocence and experience. World Atlas fit comfortably into the orchestral pop genre and also draw on earlier pop influences like Donovan, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground and French YéYé. Their first EP is out on Magic Marker Records and work on a full length is underway. 

Support comes from Nottingham's Red Shoe Diaries who be playing finely crafted dreamy indiepop in the vein of Belle & Sebastian and The National. They've not played Nottingham in a while, so this will serve as a welcome back from IndieTracks Festival and as a going away party for their upcoming shows at Summer Sundae in Leicester and their debut gig on the continent in Paris.