April 20 2015 - Brudenell Social Club (Leeds)
In terms of the present, Wilson showcases half a dozen songs from his latest album Look Out Machines! which was released only last week. Described by many as his most personal recording to date, and stripped here of its studio production, its intimacy becomes increasingly apparent. Accompanying himself on piano, Wilson conjures even greater vulnerability and beauty out of ‘In A Dive’, ‘Tweed Coats’ (accompanied by a tape of the street sounds of Eastbourne where the album was recorded) and the elegant ‘Statues’.
Yet it is perhaps in his interpretation of the songs of others where Peter Wilson impresses most this evening. Each selection is taken from the canon of musicians and composers who, much like himself, could be described as cultural outsiders; men just out of step or time with commercial acceptance or desire.