Chin Yi at Benicassim 2012

July 13, 2012

The event programme lists American singer-songwriter Zola Jesus for this slot. As you can tell by the review title, it turns out that that isn’t the case. A couple of people are mildly confused when eclectic Spanish four-piece Chin Yi take to the stage, but we’re already here so we might as well enjoy ourselves.

Looking like a Physics PhD student, vocalist Pablo has a deep and unsettling voice. Occasionally his tones shudder and there was one magical moment where he whispered and stroked his beard. It gets curious looks from people on their way to see Miles Kane, but I think it’s a bit too “out there” for them. On more than one occassion it sounded as if they were composing the intro music for a really sly Disney villain.

A small child appears to be complaining to their parent and wants to go; the Dad is far too keen on the band and does not grant the child his request. I’m imaging some sort of “this is real music…” chat later on, but it’s probably too advanced for an eight year-old to really get. So if you know someone with an eighth birthday coming up, don’t get them a Chin Yi album. However if you want to treat yourself and fancy something unexpected then give them a go.

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