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David Cross Band live review - The Lexington, London

Live Review

Venue: The Lexington, London

Former King Crimson man David Cross supported by ex-VdGG's David Jackson and Supertramp's Richard Palmer-James

Prior to his tenure as Poet Laureate to the Crimson King, Richard Palmer-James was Supertramp’s wordsmith and guitarist. A solo acoustic/vocal set-up eases us into this DCB album launch party. His fingerpicking style modulates between the spiky (Guano Blues) and the elegiac (Half-Remembered Summer). The stripped-back format highlights the evocative eroticism and cinematic poetry in the Crim classic Easy Money, all the more poignant for being sung by the author. It’s rare treat in an enjoyable set.

After a brief interval, David Cross manipulates his pedals and loopers to duet with Robert Fripp’s disembodied soundscapes on an excerpt from 2015’s Starless Starlight album. His electric violin searches out the haunting Starless theme, its tone probing and alchemising the air. It’s mesmeric, captivating a rapt crowd.

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