Gig review: Connan Mockasin
✮✮✮✮✮It was hard to predict what Connan Mockasin would bring to the table in his self-titled live show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
The bleach blonde alternative/psychedelic pop star who hails from New Zealand and has supported the likes of Radiohead and Warpaint is known for his unconventional and spontaneous style, mixing music with performance art.
Just take a look at his surrealist videos, where the cast are seen to be sporting multicoloured costumes splattered with paint, masks of creepy animal faces or performing rituals involving levitation in forests.
It is refreshing to see a band take a different stance on live performance, and Mockasin and his entourage certainly brought his unique style to the stage at Shepherd’s Bush.
If you are unfamiliar with Mockasin’s music, it is worth mentioning that their most successful record tells the story of a man who has an unrequited love affair with a dolphin, and the live show was reflective of the kind of mind that comes up with such an unusual, complicated and creepy storyline.
The haunting and mysterious melody Faking Jazz Together was perfectly performed to an appreciative crowd, and they tactfully left their best known track, Forever Dolphin Love, until the very end, after a taunting and extended ego-boosting encore.
To round off the show in true performance art fashion, a Japanese woman emerged from under a duvet to the reception of an amused – and slightly baffled – crowd.
Although his latest album Caramel has not been as well received as the first, it still contains some interesting tracks, and is definitely worth a listen.
Connan Mockasin is currently touring in Europe and his album Caramel is out now. Listen to it here.