Journeying up from Bethnal Green towards Oval Space’s packed Pickle Factory, the crowd grew as we all eagerly waited for the Irish talent MMOTHS. The supporting act, MAXIXE, delivered a minimal approach with a Moog synth, blending together a faint voice and echoing drums. Red flood lights illuminated the side panels, dotting towards the mini bar. The smoke machine blew out a plume of fog that filled two thirds of the show chamber, making the field of view translucent.
MMOTHS came on similarly to that of MAXIXE - wielding a piano-like synthesizer with electronic ambience that stretched and warped besides faint guitar work. The softness from the Telecaster helped sustain the instruments' delays and reverbs. I loved the use of effects forming a mind-blowing approach to this alternative R&B.
The epic performance continued as songs were lengthened and seamlessly connected together to form a continuous piece. MMOTHS was wonderful to watch. Facing the side, I witnessed the whole thing unfold and remained within sight of the crowd's reaction. MMOTHS emphasised his latest work, playing songs from his new 2016 album 'Luneworks'. Key tracks included recent singles; 'Eva' and 'Deu'. Picking up towards the end of the performance, MMOTHS's music flowed into a more upbeat jam from all the distant ambience.
This progressiveness felt like one seamless demo - a lingering set that evolved, moving onwards, downwards, forever changing. The dependence of the emotion in his music relied thoroughly on the modulation and feel he brought to the audience. For similar vocals and emotion, consider Maccabees's 2012 album 'Given to the Wild' and James Blake; for progressive ambience and drums, check out Holy Other and Movement.
Overall, MMOTHS's performance possessed absolute boldness and control, adjusting to the silhouettes of his figure and his music's rhythm. I hope we'll see much of him over the next year as he is one to watch and a true pleasure to hear live. The crowd couldn't help but want more. Check out the unique venue that is Oval Space for more amazing shows and raves. Pre-order the brand new 'Luneworks' over at iTunes and Rough Trade (Available March 11). Make sure to follow MMOTHS on Facebook and Twitter. For music streaming, have a listen over at MMOTHS's Soundcloud.
Words and photography: Luke Cole