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He and Chris are highly unlikely to accidentally bump into each other and start a massive bar brawl, after all. The likably melodic Paskalev is one of many unheralded highlights at the 35th edition of the famously in-touch Rencontres Trans Musicales, known locally as Trans. Classic big-stage trip-hop is no bad thing to be aping, though, and Portishead were another prescient Trans booking, early on, although this is more London Grammassive Attack.
But without an ounce of the cool, or any discernible image. Honestly, somebody buy them all some jaunty hats. Louise Calzada is the rapping, ranting, rather wonderful force of nature with the microphone and a trademark hand-held lamp , backed by a gaggle of pals working in gong noises, air-raid klaxons, orchestral bits, and a very distinctive soprano saxophone.
The act causing most excitement among the locals, though? Eventually just one dry spot, right in the middle of the chest, in almost exactly the shape of the United States of America. Luke Jenner , late of The Rapture , now doing some unlikely Ben Folds-like piano business, concluded with a crowd-pleasing version of a Van Halen classic.
They make a splendidly varied collection of noises. And Oum Shatt , from Berlin, who look a bit like Franz Ferdinand but have a big Arabic influence, which adds extra spice. The most vivid sight of Trans , though, are the evocative disco outfit Escort , who pretty much fill that hugest of hangers on Friday night; and that includes the mighty stage, which is packed with, ooh, about 20 assembled players.
Out and about in Rennes the next night I spot a few more Adeline lookalikes, working the red wigs. Adjust your Christmas lists accordingly.