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British Library Power Counters the Gloom

January 17, 2011

“I’m a fan of the local library,” sing British Sea Power on their latest album Valhalla Dancehall. They mean it too, as yesterday they revealed plans to play a gig at a library of your choosing. It comes following Tory plans to close a number of local reading emporiums in order to cut down on spending.

The great thing about bands like BSP, is that they create and inhabit their own world. They’re fresh even after nearly a decade together. Added to the dazzling records they make,  they’re also one of the few eccentric art band’s out there who have blazed their own trail and think and act in more than just your standard careerist rockstar dimension. Whether its hosting a three day mini festival in the highest pub in England; re-soundtracking a 1930’s film about basking sharks; or adorning their stages in giant bears, foliage and avian paraphenallia, they do it the Sea Power way – without ever veering too close to parody. They are unique. They are deliciously furry. They are absolutely essential.

So when I awoke this morning to the sound of Mr radio informing me that this day was the ‘gloomiest day of the year’, I knocked him off his perch and skipped over to my iPod. Sea Power kicked in and I knew immediately that I was beyond the glum touch of January.

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