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Whale Of A Time (Coreyah Korea)

By | Published on Friday 2 August 2013

Different, bizarre and sometimes surreal; comparing Coreyah to any mainstream western artist is difficult. Consigning them to the narrow strictures of one genre – even more difficult. Performing everything from Beatles covers to Korean folk love stories, the band were passionate throughout, their energy infectious and their music uplifting. Ever listened to a Geomungo or Daegum? I hadn’t. These two classical Korean instruments, played alongside a guitar, percussion and vocals, created a beautifully layered sound that can only be described as coreyan; an ensemble of tradition and modernity. Unfortunately, the language barrier was problematic at times, hindering act and audience from truly connecting. Nonetheless, whilst Coreyah may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it would be a real shame if they slipped under the radar.

C nova, until 17 aug (not 12), 7.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ankur Anil Shah]