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Trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba in Palace Hall performance tonight

The concert begins at 8:30 PM

British band Morcheeba re­turn to Bucharest for a special performance part of the European leg of their world tour to promote their most recent album, ‘Blood like Lemonade.’ The trip-hop pioneers will perform at the Palace Hall tonight, starting from 8:30 PM. This is the fourth concert of the British band in Romania following their performances at B’estfest 2007, Peninsula Festival in 2008 and the Fratelli Club in the capital last year.


DJ Paul Godfrey, his brother Ross Godfrey, instrumentalist, and vocalist Skye Edwards are currently promoting their seventh studio album in Europe, after several shows in the United States. The album, released in Great Britain on June 7, marks a return to the band’s first albums, being their most introspective work so far, organisers Events said. The first single off the new album is “Even Though.”


Morcheeba made its debut on the British music stage in the mid 1990s, when the Godfrey brothers recruited Skye Edwards as lead singer, during a chance meeting at a party. The band’s debut album, ‘Who Can You Trust?’ was released on China Records in April 1996 and fitted smoothly into the then-modish trip-hop genre, with instrumentation based predominantly around piano, electric guitar and DJ scratching. The follow-up, 1998’s ‘Big Calm,’ moved slightly away from trip-hop towards a more pop-oriented, song-based sound. This was exemplified by the band’s remaking of “Moog Island” (a song from the previous album) in a more summery, upbeat style, with the new title of “The Music That We Hear.” One of the album’s singles, “The Sea”, became a hit and a radio favourite. The album proved to be a big seller and ensured Morcheeba’s success as a breakthrough act. In 2000, Morcheeba released their third album ‘Fragments of Free­dom.’ This repeated the sales success of ‘Big Calm’ but received a less positive critical response.


On February 12, 2010, NME revealed that Edwards was once again working with the band. Paul Godfrey confirmed the news of Edwards’ return in the blog section of Morcheeba’s MySpace page on February 13. Tickets are available in Germanos, Vodafone, Orange stores, Humanitas bookstores and online on www.eventim.ro, for prices ranging between RON 90 and 200.

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