Published 13/12/2011 | 06:00
Vicar Street Dublin
But the fad had a jump-the-shark moment recently, with groups as negligible as Turin Brakes and The Charlatans dusting down records deservedly forgotten in the first place. When David Kitt announced he would be reprising 2001's The Big Romance from start to finish by way of celebrating its 10th anniversary, the question therefore presented itself: did anyone really care?
Stepping onstage, pint held aloft, Kitt basks in the love. "It's a long time," he says. "Since I played to so many of yiz." Not even its most ardent cheerleader would claim classic status for The Big Romance. It isn't that sort of record; too understated and languid to be regarded as anything other than a minor pleasure. However, on its own modest terms, it is a fantastic chill-out album; the trippy grooves and aura of 3am somnolence foreshadowing Kitt's subsequent forays into electronica.