23 December 2010
This was a nice little gig. Cognac Lounge played again at Adore Tea. It was unseasonally cold and raining, so ice ice is not inappropriate. But that’s not all. CL is currently moving to smooth lounge with Sadé grooves and music in the style of the pop jazz ladies, like Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux, and even some minimalist dance tunes like Ice Ice Baby and Tainted love. I like the simple chords (Ice… has two, but these tunes often have just one) and the miasmic repetition and the simple but insistent hook. I’m suggesting we harden up a little with interesting pop numbers from the likes of Prince and Nirvana. But either way it’s an entertaining diversion from the standards: fewer and simpler chords, more hypnotic minimalism, more popular and well received. Entertainment is meeting the punters’ preferences, and I’m happy to do it. Cognac Lounge are Monica Moore (vocals), Peter Kirkup (keys), Eric Pozza (bass) and Brenton Holmes (drums).