Oxford Point

While their folksy songs seem to be impossibly fragile and wracked with sorrow, there is both strength and warmth to be found...

Oxford Point

Ever since Galaxie 500's acrimonious split in 1991, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang have struggled to prove that they were, in fact, far more than merely 'The Other Two' of the band, alongside Dean Wareham. With recent album 'Playback Singers' they've achieved as much, but it's still a revelation to hear such private music work live.



Galaxie 500 were always about sadness and resignation and it's a theme Damon And Naomi continue to pursue with a seemingly morbid obsession. Such is the intimate nature of the couple and their music you can only feel empathy with them rather than the voyeuristic pleasure of wallowing in others' grief.



Armed only with an acoustic guitar, a sruti (looks like a biscuit tin, sounds like an accordion) and two perfect voices, they evoke a campfire ambience, their melancholy offset by self-effacing anecdotes. And while their folksy songs seem to be impossibly fragile and wracked with sorrow, there is both strength and warmth to be found. Like halogen street lights viewed through fog, songs like 'Awake In A Muddle' and 'I'm Yours' are mysterious and reassuring. 'The Navigator', meanwhile, is closer to a comforting Nick Drake.



They would probably be loathe to call themselves entertainers, but Damon And Naomi are enchanting company. To share a small part of their world is a pleasure. To live there would be heartbreaking.

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