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Wardruna live review - Union Chapel, London

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Venue: Union Chapel, London

Pagan spiritualists bring the rites and the resonance

A definite contender for the most impressive venue in London, Union Chapel is overwhelming in its grandeur and yet unusually intimate, its design somehow helping to melt that dividing line between audience and performer. The latter effect is immediately apparent with the almost painfully minimal DARKHER [9], the (tonight, at least) two-piece quietly taking the stage for what proves to be a truly haunting and all-too-brief set. The striking white dress of vocalist Jayn H Wissenberg is an apt visual echo of the music’s stark and wintry nature, a quality the acoustics here ably amplify. Melancholic and vaguely unsettling, the combination of mesmerising vocals, mournful clean guitars and swelling atmospherics prove utterly compelling.

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