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Electric Picnic 09 - Jeffrey Lewis

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ATL | 14:19 UK time, Saturday, 5 September 2009

Cosby Stage, Friday 4th,  5.30pm.

ATL arrives at the Electric Picnic after an epic car journey involving a game of "connect the band name to what you can see" to find many bemused revelers taking in the sights. Running across the increasingly muddy stage to the safety of the Cosby stage, we are amazed by the crowd staring with delight at New York Anti-folk legend Jeffrey Lewis. He's been on stage for about 15 minutes already, and has the entire crow eating out of the palm of his hand.

Pounding his battered acoustic guitar with the intensity of a man possessed, Lewis is a compelling sight. It is a testament to his abilities as a communicator that the crowd is hanging on his every word, despite the fact that said words are largely inaudible. But then again, a glossy sheen is something this man has never been about.

'The Last Time I Took Acid I Went Insane' finds him creating an aural whirlwind, drawing us deeper and deeper down, but loving every minute. Then comes the grand finale, where Lewis reads to us from one of his self-penned comic books, detailing a film noir private detective story. It is here that Lewis comes into his own as a performer, dragging us along into a world of his own creation, despite the fact that it's impossible to see what he's talking about.

And if that doesn't sum up what Jeffrey Lewis is all about, then I don't know what does.

Describe in a tweet: Lo-Fi troubadour invites us into his world.

Good Vibrations: Jeffrey's comic book sounds amazing.

Life's a Beach: The three and a half hour car journey beforehand. DOWN WITH THIS SORT OF THING.

EP Rating: 7/10

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