Nick Mulvey at the Roundhouse
The Roundhouse in Camden is a big venue, but with the astounding success of his understated debut album, Mercury Prize-nominated Nick Mulvey had no problems filling it. Previously a jazz drummer in Portico Quartet, Mulvey struck out on his own and has achieved success that now dwarfs that of his previous band.
The cavernous venue is buzzing with anticipation after enjoyable support sets from Eaves and Fictonian, and by the time Mulvey takes to the stage, the Friday night crowd are ready to have a good time. Mulvey opens with the absolutely wonderful Ailsa Craig. The intricate sound of his Cuban guitar style easily fills the room and the track builds beautifully as gradually a full band of percussion and strings join in. Mesmerizing and moving, it’s a strong opener that really shows off his incredible skill. The set moves easily from the upbeat opener, to softer, more intimate Meet Me There and Juramidam, the strings adding to the beauty of Mulvey’s tender lyrics.
There is an awkward moment mid-set when Mulvey enters the crowd to perform a song alongside Eaves. In the sold-out, 1,700 capacity venue, with seemingly zero amplification, the moment is lost but to a few lucky audience members in the direct vicinity. Confusion and frustration fills the room as half the audience have no clue what is going on and the other half are annoyed by the fact that they can’t hear. It was a nice idea but not something one imagines he’ll be repeating.
Back on stage and amplified up, Mulvey wins the crowd back with Fever to the Form and the catchy Cucurucu, and the incident is a distant memory. Encoring with a brilliant cover of Drake’s Hold On, We’re Coming Home and the anthemic Nitrous, the crowd are left baying for more. It’s a triumphant night for an unassuming and extremely talented guy.
Photos: Nick Bennett
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