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Bicep: Live Global Stream II review – 90 minutes of pure throwback pleasure

Delivered... Kitty Empire | Scene | Sat 6 Mar 2021 3:00 pm

Saatchi Gallery, London; live stream
Marking the release of their acclaimed second album, Isles, the duo transmit a steady stream of rapturous, 21st-century rave nostalgia into living rooms around the world

The laptop screen pulsates with images of hands in lurid colours that distort and repeat ad infinitum. The retro neon graphics of Bicep’s live stream announcement gradually give way to elegant organic visuals; these in turn form stark, generative abstracts. The Bicep logo – think Manx flag – appears inside a rolling circle within another rolling circle, like a psychedelic geometry assignment whose equation is just out of reach.

From time to time these retina-searing visuals ebb away, leaving behind reality: two black-clad men facing each other in an empty white room. Gear is laid out before them symmetrically. We are in London’s Saatchi Gallery, but the walls are bare. Bicep are supplying all the art: a luminous, 21st-century spin on 90s rave music, given go-faster stripes by their long-time graphics team Black Box Echo. (“Gallery temporarily closed”, reads a sign under spooky flickering lights.)

Bicep’s Live Global Stream II will be re-streamed on demand from 12-14 March; free to existing ticket-holders or £14 via dice.fm

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