HOMESHAKE at Manchester Academy 2

Philip K Marzouk

HOMESHAKE at Manchester Academy 2, Manchester 4 March 2019 Tickets from £15.68 — Book now

2019 is already off to a strong start with its new releases. Sharon Van Etten, James Blake and Chaka Khan have all opened the year with outstanding new material. Purveyor of off-kilter, lo-fi synth-pop, HOMESHAKE joins the roost with his new album Helium. Formerly living the hectic life playing guitar for Mac DeMarco (until 2014), Peter Sagar’s follow-on solo project reflects that his life-approach is more laid back than the one that DeMarco’s schedule demanded.

Helium continues the precedent set by his previous four albums: THE HOMESHAKE TAPE, In The Shower, Midnight Snack and Fresh Air. Slow jams are always the order of the day at the HOMESHAKE table with an often-added psych-rock edge. What separates him from his contemporaries, such as Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, is the greater emphasis his music puts on his 90’s R&B and pop influences. This Mac DeMariah Carey flavour is apparent throughout the new album and exemplified by the track ‘Just Like My’.

There’s an alluring sweetness to a lot of HOMESHAKE’s work. You could hear Mariah herself singing ‘Just Like My’, but what’s particularly interesting about HOMESHAKE is his songs often have an askew quality; Helium takes this to another level than his previous work. Previous albums have always had their idiosyncratic moments (see Midnight Snack’s ‘Real Love’ and Fresh Air’s ‘Khmlwugh’) but Helium is peppered far more regularly with head-tilt moments.

HOMESHAKE manages to arrest your attention with very singular note choices and instrumentation decisions. Where others zig, he zags. Where others may have used a Rhodes, he delves into the untouched depths of his Prophet settings. ‘All Night Long’ may share a title with the Lionel Richie classic but it couldn’t be further from it sonically.

There’s a humility to HOMESHAKE that is both reflected in his music and his stage presence. It’s been known for people at gigs to mistake him for a roadie (read: I mistook him for a roadie at his show at Gorilla in 2017). He cuts a modest figure, someone who doesn’t have a hint of ego even though he’s a very unique songwriter. The sense you get is he’s a dude who simply loves the craft and the end result of his creations, but remains heart-warmingly crowd-shy. It’s ironic because his rare live performances are flawless.

It’s a shame that Sagar doesn’t tour more, but this is a golden opportunity to see one of the more interesting acts on the circuit this year.

HOMESHAKE at Manchester Academy 2, Manchester 4 March 2019 Tickets from £15.68 Book now

Where to go near HOMESHAKE at Manchester Academy 2

Music venue
Manchester Academy 3

Brilliant venue for catching a touring band on the rise. The boringly titled Academy 3 or more interesting Hop and Grape, as it was once known, is a self contained…

Manchester Academy music venue on Oxford Road Manchester.
Music venue
Manchester Academy

The Manchester Academy is a mid size, modern warehouse venue adjacent to the University of Manchester Students’ Union. It lacks any architectural merit and has always been a difficult place…

Cafe at the Museum
Café or Coffee Shop
The Cafe
at the Museum

Manchester Museum’s cafe is run by the people behind award-winning cafe Teacup Kitchen. The menu features home-baked cakes, the finest loose leaf teas and breakfast, as well as a wide selection of mains and meals for kids.

Whitworth Park, Manchester
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester Royal Infirmary provides a welcome patch of green in an otherwise densely populated and heavily used part of the city.

Want Not Waste

Want Not Waste is a student-run, not-for-profit zero waste shop operating out of Academy 1 at the University of Manchester Students’ Union.

Universally Manchester Festival 6-9 June 2024
The University of Manchester

Celebrating its 200th year in 2024, The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK, and boasts come incredible cultural institutions, found on campus, across Manchester and…

Bar or Pub
Big Hands

Big Hands is the one-time haunt of legendary Manchester band Elbow; it’s shabby, loud and dark, with a jukebox and excellent roof terrace.

Bar or Pub
Kro Bar

Kro Bar, Manchester is an independent pub and music venue housed (somewhat ironically) in the former Temperance Society building.

What's on: Music

DJ Gym at Hatch

Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.

from £269
Open Deck at Band on the Wall

Bring your records for a spin at our Open Deck session this Saturday! If you’ve bought some new vinyl from a local record shop this week, just show your receipt at the bar to get yourself a free 9” pizza!

RNCM Summer Season 2024

Read our highlights from the RNCM Summer Season, taking in huge collaborative events, internationally acclaimed artists and family adventures.

from £8.50
Picture of the three band members of Elephant Gym
Elephant Gym at Manchester Academy

Elephant Gym bring their patchwork of jazz, contemporary math- and post-rock to Manchester this May in support of their new album, World.

from £17.75

Culture Guides

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Cinema in Manchester and the North

From the latest installment in the Mad Max franchise, to silent movie masterpieces we highlight the best new releases and big screen classics showing near you this month.