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Approved: Blonde Redhead 4AD Session

By | Published on Monday 8 November 2010

Blonde Redhead’s ‘Penny Sparkle’ is without doubt one of this year’s most beautiful albums. The band’s live activity to promote it in the UK, though, amounted to just a one-off show in London. Which meant that many were unable to witness their amazing performances, against the backdrop of photographic umbrellas blinking on and off. Okay, you probably had to be there to get that bit.

Luckily, you don’t have to rely on me to paint a picture of how great a live band Blonde Redhead are, as their label, 4AD, stuck them in Integrated Studios in Tribeca, New York back in August and forced them to play five songs from the new album live in front of a camera. Okay, they probably weren’t forced. There are certainly no signs of that in the video. Though it is quite dark.