Skip to main content

Conquering Animal Sound

The first time you chance upon a Conquering Animal Sound live affair,
you might well be forgiven for tip-toeing back outside again. As the
Edinburgh sired duo’s just released debut album, ‘Kammerspiel’ should
indicate at its Edinburgh launch, the CAS sound is a willfully private
affair involving Anneke Kampman’s uniquely hushed vocals looped into
some ethereal multi-tracked chorale and tickled into melodious shape by
Jamie Scott’s array of toy instruments, cheap keyboards and understated
electronics. Together, they wash over each other with a warm,
small-time sensuality designed for those wordless moments you can’t
help but snuggle into, but which threaten to fall apart any second

Taking their name from the glories of 1980s Jamaican Dub sound system
Conquering Lion Sound, the more inclusive CAS have come a long way
since being thrown together on a university popular music course and
forced to play a version of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 pop-funk smash,
‘Superstition.’ Their sound, however, is as far away from funk and
reggae as is possible. The real clue to what CAS, though, comes from
the album title.

“Kammerspiel was a German silent film movement from the 1920s,” Kampmam
explains, “but the word translates as ‘intimate play.’ For me, the most
exciting thing about working with Jamie is that we can share musical
intimacy. Our music is very…close, and that word encapsulates how we do

Conquering Animal Sound, Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, February 12th.
‘Kammerspiel’ is out on Gizeh Records and mini50 Records.

The List, January 2011



Popular posts from this blog

The Art School Dance Goes On Forever – Snapshots Of Masters Of The Multiverse

Intro – Snapshots – Deaf School


In 1980, the same year as the Manchester band, Magazine, released a 7
inch single called A Song From Under The Floorboards – a three verse
and chorus distillation of Dostoyevsky's novel, Notes From Underground
– an art school scandal occurred.

This scandal took place in Liverpool, and was based around a project
called the Furbelows, although it became better known in the Liverpool
Echo and other organs that reported it as the Woolly Nudes.

The Furbelows, or Woolly Nudes, were a group of artists who had come
out of Liverpool College of Art, who, dressed in grotesque woolly
costumes which featured knitted approximations of male and female
genitalia, made assorted public interventions around the city centre as
kind of living sculptures acting out assorted narratives.

The Furbelows project had been funded by what was then Merseyside Arts
Association, and, after the participants were arrested and taken to
court on obscenity charges after what…

Peter Brook – The Prisoner

Peter Brook is no stranger to Scotland, ever since the guru of European and world theatre first brought his nine-hour epic, The Mahabharata, to Glasgow in 1988. That was at the city’s old transport museum, which by 1990 had become Tramway, the still-functioning permanent venue that opened up Glasgow and Scotland as a major channel for international theatre in a way that had previously only been on offer at Edinburgh International Festival.
Brook and his Paris-based Theatre des Bouffes du Nord company’s relationship with Tramway saw him bring his productions of La Tragedie de Carmen, La Tempete, Pellease et Mellisande, The Man Who…, and Oh Les Beaux Jours – the French version of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days – to Glasgow.
Thirty years on from The Mahabharata, Brook comes to EIF with another piece of pan-global theatre as part of a residency by Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, which Brook has led since he decamped to Paris from London in the early 1970s. The current Edinburgh residency has alr…

Romeo And Juliet - Shakespeare's Globe Comes to Glasgow

Open-air Shakepeares are a summer-time perennial of the theatre calendar, attracting picnicking audiences as much as midges. More often than not, such romps through the grass are frothy, heritage industry affairs designed to be accompanied by strawberries and cream and not to be taken too seriously. Shakespeare’s Globe theatre company look set to change such perceptions when they open their outdoor tour of Romeo And Juliet in Glasgow next week as part of the West End festival.

For the two young actors taking the title roles of the doomed lovers, it will also be something of a homecoming. Richard Madden and Ellie Piercy both studied in Glasgow prior to turning professional. Indeed, Madden has yet to graduate from the acting course at RSAMD, and, as well as facing the pressures of playing such a meaty role in close proximity to the audience, will have the added anxiety of being assessed and graded by his tutors.

“This is the end of my third year,” says Madden following a Saturday mornin…