October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017
‘Behave, be kind’ are the first words I read by this strikingly self assured goddess. Laura’s clear voice briefly reminds me of Adele. Her captivating lyrics—introspective and at times dark—soon yank me, ever so softly, to her unique side. One of my favorites in the ‘T-shirts I never get to wear’ category of my wardrobe is a T-shirt that reads ‘Sad songs make me feel better’. You’ll understand why I yearn to share a room with a musician as beautifully melancholic as Laura.
There are holes in most of my arguments, too, Peter buddy. As in Laura’s case, flawlessness is not the only thing on display. The human being is complex, but we’ll turn out just OK if we manage to keep away from tragedy for long enough. Perhaps, even more than OK— one day playing songs to nana in her Irish country side home, much like Peter on a day spent well. Please watch it and tell me your heart didn’t melt like a Malteser, you mischievous little truth bender.
If you could pick any one musician to play in your living room, who would it be? Anyone in the whole wide world? After giving it some thought, I landed on Hozier. That’s also who Richard’s soulfulness reminds me of. Richard is a co-creation mastermind — and what concert souvenir more unique than the memory of creating music together, for that one moment in time? He involves the audience in more ways than you could think of. My concert wishlist just got one item longer.
The first time I experienced Teenage Love was at Trailer Park Festival in 2016. They blew me away with their seemingly endless energy, playful lyrics and hilarious mid-gig banter. I soon realized that my super best friend club and adjacent boogie have nothing on the anthems of friendship that these two so endearingly perform. THEY EVEN HAVE UNIFORMS. Gotta step up my super best friend game.
The first sounds of MALMÖ transported me straight into a French movie — one of those that dig deep into a day in someone’s life. In the fittingly titled Time And Tide Waits For No Man Maria coats tales of passing time in her delicately sultry voice and speaks of the frailty of our human bodies compared to the universe. In all videos I can find of her, she smiles like a nymph, surrounded by nature, playing tiny instruments and making lulling sounds. Maria’s music smiles full of soul, is easy going and always captivating.
Great North songs are story more than poem. In I’m not asking, they sing of the dreamer who doesn’t ask to be saved. ‘No excuses, no promises, not asking you to love me’ they sing, yet they are irresistibly lovable. Great North earns points in my book by exploring a spectrum of emotions — the good, the bad and the indifferent — all making up a charming husband-wife dynamic. These two look to me like a couple that is not each other’s better half. They take turns complementing each other, but never completing each other. #relationship/band goals
Jørk got me on the first verse of No Center. The urgency and sense of exile I cherish in pop punk is abundant in the duo’s lyrics — ‘an anarchistic recognition on a never ending mission’ — and performance. This duo is seductive, in your face, powerful, magnetic. I can see myself in the front row of a Jørk concert, letting their melodic outcry carry me till my knees bruise against the low stage.
Much like Eden — Kayan’s lead singer — I also grew up between cultures and languages, borrowing from both to build my world perspective. The trio alternates between Arabic, Hebrew and English in their repertoire. Not understanding the lyrics heightens my listening, looking for other — more visceral — anchors for connection than language. Also, can we talk about how beautiful sounding Hebrew is? Forget talk dirty to me. Talk Hebrew to me.
I had the good fortune of experiencing these two live in a winter garden, under a tree with meandering branches. The whole evening is a blur of fuzzy feelings, wide smiles and frequent cheers. A moment I remember clearly is flashing my T-shirt that reads ‘Stay soft, stay brave’ through the large windows of the winter garden and it feeling like the perfect thing to do. When it comes to the music, you’d better believe the reviews. Clara does have a beautiful voice and lyrics that will make you laugh out loud and dry your tears in the span of a few songs. Jeppe’s improvised trumpet and clarinet notes added to the concert’s unique and in the moment vibe.