THE WATER RATS, 328 GRAY’S INN ROAD, KINGS CROSS
MONDAY 5 SEPT 2005 / 7.30PM
Following a summer’s worth of festival appearances, guitar experimentalist and Brian Eno collaborator Leo Abrahams is back in London, supporting Foy Vance at the Water Rats, to perform tracks from his highly praised debut album, Honeytrap.
‘Subtle, imaginative and sometimes intoxicatingly lovely’
‘A wonderfully ambient offering which soothes the soul and will bring you back time and again’
‘A stunning album that is more than capable of seducing the listener’
‘Played at the right time with the right person it won’t get any better than this’
‘Makes you crave more from this artist’
That’s how the world’s media reviewed Honeytrap, a dynamic collection of innovative, melodic and atmospheric instrumentals, showcasing the talents which have helped keep this 27-year-old in constant demand. Leo’s discography reads like a Who’s Who in music: he has spent the last five years as Ed Harcourt’s guitarist, has played on several film soundtracks, including Ocean’s Twelve, and has also worked with Paul Simon, Grace Jones, Nick Cave, Imogen Heap, Rachid Taha, Sarah Cracknell, Nik Kershaw and Thirteen Senses amongst others. He was famously stumbled upon by Brian Eno in a music shop – the legendary Eno was so impressed by this ‘unassuming guy just quietly playing the most beautiful guitar in the corner’ that he took Leo’s number and invited him to his studio and they have since worked together on a number of live and studio projects.
The fourteen diverse tracks which feature on the album include everything from intricate finger-picked acoustic guitars (Spider) to Bollywood violins (Siren), folk (Kristiansand) and an atmospheric waltz (Rise) and together they succeed in demonstrating Leo’s ability to take the idea of a ‘guitar’ album to a new level.