Nicole Atkins Gig at The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell

Nicole Atkins at The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, London

I came to Nicole Atkins late, via David Byrne Radio in 2008, and she’s been on my playlist ever since. Born Neptune, New Jersey, did the usual elliptical, formative stuff, formed Nicole Atkins & The Sea, released a terrific debut album, Neptune City, produced by Tore Johansson, in late 2007, subsequent parting of the ways with Columbia and others, another album, Mondo Amore, and this unplugged gig in rainy Clerkenwell.

Downstairs at The Slaughtered Lamb is a dark, airless place and I didn’t see her appear out of the gloom until she plugged her acoustic guitar into the PA on the small patch of leopard-patterned carpet that was the performance area. After the overflowing orchestration of Neptune City and the raw, swampy Mondo Amore, could just a girl with a guitar still slay us?

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Nicole Atkins live at The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street EC1V 0DX
9th May 2012. Photos and Words: © Ken Sparkes. All Rights Reserved