Jungle at The Pyramids, Portsmouth
We headed to see Jungle, one of the best and biggest up and coming bands of 2014. First up, though, were Clarence Clarity, a new and distinctive artist. He has hints of funk in his sound, and Clarity’s upcoming album is supposedly ‘funk warped and mangled, smothered in quixotic synths.’
Well, according to The Guardian it is. The album, which comes out in March, is called ‘No Now’, and has a colossal twenty tracks. Clarence Clarity, though, was a good choice of support for Jungle, and although was the only support of the night made sure the onlookers were entertained. Be sure the look out for the debut album; I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll see of the Londoner.
Jungle emerged from backstage onto a darkened stage, with ‘Jungle’ illuminated behind them lefter-by-letter. The West London group exploded last year with a song called ‘The Heat’. The song has a loose swagger about it, and many people’s comparison of Jungle to the falsetto voices of The Bee Gees has seen Jungle’s popularity grow not just with a young crowd, but a more mature one too. Jungle’s debut, self-titled album has proven popular, incorporating instrumental flushes and somewhat riddled lyrics. This, though, works. The group are mysterious; in their song writing, but also in their performance, for not one time during their Portsmouth set did a main light or strobe show us fully who Jungle are. This definitely added something, and made it one of the most unique live experiences of band that I have seen to date.