We were delighted to listen to Snakefarm live in the intimate Goldmark Front Room on Tuesday March 19th 2013.
Anna Domino has been a cult figure twice over. Emerging on the New York scene of the era of the Mudd Club and Warhol, she was signed by hip Belgian label Les Disques du Crepuscule and made three critically acclaimed albums and singles for them during the ’80s, some of which were released by the famed Factory label in the UK. Legend has it that their mixture of sharp rhythmic grooves and cool vocals were a major influence on the evolution of what became Trip Hop in the ’90s. And then she seemed to disappear.
Anna re-emerged in 1999 with another groundbreaking album, this time as the duo Snakefarm with her partner, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Michel Delory. By then long re-located on the US West coast, Snakefarm applied a downtempo trip hop approach to the traditional American songbook, reworking iconic songs like St. James Infirmary for the approaching 21st century. It attracted more huge critical acclaim, placing high in that year’s best album lists. And again, they promptly disappeared – until 2011, when to everybody’s great joy a new Snakefarm album showed up, released by the small UK label Fledg’ling. And once more the plaudits flew.
Now Anna and Michel are coming to the UK for a very rare unplugged gig which will feature both a set of Anna Domino songs and a set of Snakefarm’s American folk material. This one’s about as “not to be missed” as things can get.