Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Goldfish are one of those rare groups that seems to tick all the boxes. Talented, creative musicians with an innovative product, a media-friendly smile, and good looks to boot. Second album Perceptions of Pacha is not just a nod to producer figures in the Miami (centred around top club Pacha Ibiza), but a lounge- and dance-friendly jazzy house album for the young ‘in’ crowd with their folks’ cash and Sunday evenings to spend.
|Are Goldfish ever gonna slow down?!
Unlike many hard copy music records these days, the physical album is worth it. If not for the sake of showing it off to your FCUK friends, then simply for the trademark ‘sun-rays’ design job and live 25-minute video from the duo’s Sunday night sessions at Ignite. Dance. Now.
At eleven tracks, two radio edits and a live video, Perceptions kicks off with Sold My Soul, a relatively mellow West African-sampled blend, followed by vocal, halfbeat radio single This Is How It Goes (feat. Monique Hellenberg). Get ready to hear more of this one.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Dave Poole has a splendid voice, even though you seldom hear it live, other than to gush thanks to the crowds. Just For Tonight features the saxophonist’s Damon Albarn-inspired lyric, “I don’t wanna see you till the morning light” oscillating with a computer-synthesized “just for tonight”. Sweet play of sounds.
The tone of the album straddles mellow but uptempo Cafe del Mar-styled melodies with sharp, acid house synth washes that you might hear from a Fischerspooner track. There aren’t many known local artists to compare to, but let’s just say the pumping Gauteng house scene may buy these guys a drink.
Look, as mentioned, the group’s got their ducks in a row. Goldfish was spawned from more orthodox jazz beginnings in Breakfast Included, alongside some of Cape Town’s leading musicians. However, the amount of exposure Dom Peters and David Poole are now receiving – thanks to simple techniques like enhanced CDs and hair gel is both testament to their business savvy and rocksolid foundations, primarily, as musicians.
So yeah, grab a copy before they jet off to light up MTV and the like. We wouldn’t say it if we didn’t mean it. You’ll have some company around before you know it.
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Monday, March 10th, 2008
Middle age is a fantastic time. You begin celebrating simple pleasures like a picnic basket that folds up, with EVERYTHING in it! Sharp knives! Wine glasses! Checkered cloths! They’re all here! Luckily for the more buttoned-down soccer moms amongst us, we have acts like Goldfish to keep the spirits of youth alive. Kirstenbosch was thrilled to welcome the act back on a perfect Cape Summer evening yesterday evening, even if you enjoy the benefits of portable, heat-sealed coffee mugs from Italy.
A wide-open sky and the smell of grass. (Buffalo grass). Loads and loads of people – 6000, by some measures – and a very pink theme. Don’t ask why, because we still haven’t really figured out why every second person was wearing pink, painted in pink or carrying pink blankets. Someone muttered, “well, it IS Cape Town…”
Goldfish: the second album is here. Material from Perceptions of Pacha (a venue in Ibiza, the Mediterranean party island) dominated the hour-and-a bit set, but Goldfish also treated us to guest appearances by upcoming freestyle and Plan Be jazz vocalist Sakhile Moleshe, angelic pop diva-cum-piano teacher Monique Hellenberg and some of the original players behind debut album Caught in the Loop. And, of course, the addictive sax riff from Egyptology. The vocal-heavy new stuff teeters somewhere in the playlist, waiting to be picked up by the stations and blasted to the top ranks of instrumental dance, both club and living-room friendly. Some seriously stoked teeny-boppers in the front row.
A debut appearance by Dom on electric bass made the instrument seem easier to play than something from Toys R Us. Classically trained: 1. Garage band self-taught: 0. With all the mixer-humping, we seem to forget that these guys have their roots in classic jazz, and probably know more standards than Standard Bank.
Once again, it’s important to be balanced in these reviews. He who praises everyone praises no-one. But searching to get the critical ‘cons’ of a Goldfish concert out of the way is pretty fruitless. Ok, Kirstenbosch could provide bins, and sitting behind one of the rope-marked pedestrian walkways of the Gardens’ main lawn area is a mistake, but if the weather’s clear, you’d have to be a radical pessimist to miss a minute of enjoyment at last night’s event. Seriously. If you’re over thirty, just remember: nobody cares if you’re dancing or not. So get down to the front.
The duo are the closest thing celebrity-dry South African music culture has to offer the globe in terms of recognisable, press-heavy popular icons. No. The duo are full-blown popular icons, and whether you’re a sideline fan, appreciative musician or a crazed groupie, you’ll find a way to give the Fish props. Kudos for the outdoor vibes, and keep it alive. And get a copy of Perceptions of Pacha – it’s got your number. Check out the event video here.
“We still haven’t really figured out why every second person was wearing pink…”
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