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All On a Summer’s Evening: Karine Polwart

SEEN has been enjoying the dreamy poetry of Karine Polwart. This new clip for ‘All On A Summer’s Evening’ was directed by Marry Waterson (part of the Waterson/Carthy folk dynasty), and closely follows the release of ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ (out now on Hudson Records), which has been picking up 4 & 5 star reviews across the board. The album is a companion to​ Karine’s successful theatre production ‘Wind Resistance’, which is now a published script via Faber & Faber, also recently in residence at Edinburgh’s Lyceum theatre.

Speaking about the video, Waterson says; “When I first heard this very beautiful song from Karine, the line ‘skipping barefoot through the heather’ settled itself in my mind’s eye. I hoped to reflect back the evening sun, its magical intimacy, flora and fauna.”

The video arrives alongside the first episode of a podcast series which features Karine & Pippa in conversation about the wider ecological and socio-political issues which have shaped the ‘Wind Resistance’ project – listen here

Karine’s new album was informed by the migration of thousands of geese to Fala Flow, a small peat bog close to her Edinburgh home. Fascinated by the way the birds created pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight, Polwart considers the ways in which humans depend​ ​on each other​.​ “It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion.​”​

Surely it can only be a matter of time before Polwart performs in London. SEEN is looking forward…

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The White Tiger Roars: KVLT

SEEN came to hear White Tiger on Facebook. His fabulously atmospheric synthwave music has already been snapped up for music videos. Hailing from Liverpool, SEEN, for one is keen to hear him in the capital… We caught up with him recently after the release of new album KVLT. SEEN: Congratulations on KVLT! How long did …

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1980s New York comes to Paddington Central: Huckster

Paddington Central is fast becoming a destination for all sorts of reasons, not least the food and drink. Inspired by the late 1980’s lower Manhattan street scene, Huckster will recreate the bustle of an urban street market where diners can choose from a selection of New York street food and beverage brands. This will include …

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Bowling Bird: Hidden Gems of London – SEEN reviews

If there’s one thing about her job that SEEN really values, it’s the opportunity to go to parts of London that seem special and almost a best-kept secret. One such area is Smithfields, not far from Barbican and Blackfriars and currently undergoing huge changes as new housing appears and crossrail development ratchets up a gear. …

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Yee-har! Wild West Cocktail Bar Moonshine Saloon to open

Fun fact pardners… SEEN is distantly related to the old gunslinger Wyatt Earp, no less, thus it is that we shall be moseying on down the King’s Road to check out the Moonshine Saloon, an immersive cocktail experience from the team behind BYOB bar concept Alcotraz: Inventive Productions. Initially open for a 4-month run, but …

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New Wave Clay: Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture by Tom Morris – SEEN Reviews

This lavishly photographed book is very seductive. The ceramics herein are beautiful, strange, monumental, quirky or minimalist but having drawn the reader in, the book asks the pertinent question: are art and craft completely separate in their aesthetic and cultural sensibilities? Why does the word ‘potter’ conjure up thoughts of whimsy and low-cultural activity? Grayson …

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Photography On a Postcard at Photo London

Can there be any more perfect size for an artwork than a postcard? SEEN certainly thinks there’s a perfection to the format. With works from Bruce Gilden, Mark Power, David Hoffman, Dougie Wallace, Maggie Taylor, Karine Laval, Nick Brandt, Alison Jackson, David Titlow and Laura Pannack, there was sure to be something to entice everyone …