The diversification and therefore the evolution of modern music can almost be described as fractal in nature. These are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop, driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of chaos, and just like the best music which itself is built on repetition and structure. The exponential growth magnifies each change or nuance without breaking totally from the original blueprint. This has resulted in a plethora of musical genres that all allow fresh ideas to blossom without the heavy shadow of plagiarism coming into play. Lola Colt are a six piece ensemble from London who seem to be an amalgam of many sub-genre’s and appeared at the Bodega club in Nottingham on Friday, the 27th of February, touring to promote their debut album, Away From the Water. Cinematic is the all-encompassing description that seems to suit them best, which is enforced by them taking their name from a 1967 Spaghetti Western film directed by Siro Marcellini.
The versatility which this music allows was highlighted by the stage dynamic of Lola Colt, which included frequent instrument interchanges between members almost akin to a gothic version of Arcade Fire, which resulted in a vibrant and aesthetically diverse performance. Lyrically, though the cinematic tends to veer towards the elements (sky, science, elements), but Lola Colt, similarly with probably the best band to come out of Nottingham, the Tindersticks, dealt in the darker side of love and human relationships. During the track “Vacant Heart”, the vision that the blood was already dripping from the walls akin to the scene in the film Angel Heart, formed as Gun Overbye the Danish female vocalist pierced the night with “You tore it all / Thoughts still seeping in my head dripping in my bed,” which was as sexual as it was overtly mysterious. The beauty and originality that Lola Colt possess created a vivid visual canvas, but left enough space for one’s own imagination to take flight. The possibilities for them are endless and just the same as the fractal: very exciting.