The world, as you may have read, is going to hell in a handcart.
Kid Canaveral’s Christmas Baubles | Pilrig St Paul’s Church, Edinburgh | Rating ****
So what better way to go down screaming than with a triumphant roll call of cocklewarming Scottish indie artistes?
So, as yet another Christmas descends upon us like a tinselled nuclear winter, a convivial oasis of bespectacled boys and bobhaired gals converged – where else? in a sacred place of worship for Kid Canaveral’s annual Yuletide hoedown.
A smart, beguiling Edinburgh quartet, KC and their adoptive label Lost Map have hosted this event for six consecutive years.
Their latest bill included the esteemed likes of spectral singersongwriter Kathryn Joseph, who’s essentially Scotland’s own extraordinary version of cult iconoclasts such as Joanna Newsom and Karen Dalton, and the excellent Prehistoric Friends, whose euphoric dreampop blend of organ, viola and dusky vocals is a wonder to behold.
De Rosa’s typically touching set of slowcore Celtic melancholy was incongruously followed by grinning, dayglo HiNRG soulpop trio Bossy Love.
Like Betty Boo doin’ the do in no uncertain terms, they capped their delightful performance with a fizzing cover of Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.
Kid Canaveral themselves were, as always, bittersweet charm personified. Trust me, one day they’ll be a national institution.
Entertainment aside, they also amassed a pile of donations for a local Edinburgh food bank. For a few hours at least, this charitable cabal made the world a better place.