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Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea (Unholy Mess in association with Omnibus)

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

It’s hard not to like performance poet Jemima Foxtrot, with her infectious smile, easy ardour, and craggy singing voice. But it is also hard not to wish that her piece had more discipline and focus. It’s a tumble of vague sea-related tales, peculiar characters, and odd recollections: there’s space for a plot line strangely lifted from an episode of ‘The Simpsons’, as well as a very slowly unfolding foul-mouthed joke. Throughout, there are musical interludes in which Foxtrot’s voice is digitally coiled into rich textures, sounding like eerie variations on old sea shanties. These various strands coalesce like the sea foam that settles on the beach: elegant, disquieting somehow, but too insubstantial to linger long.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Alexander Hartley]