CONCERT REVIEW // OTHER LIVES // ÀSGEIR // SON LUX // MONTREUX JAZZ LAB, MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL, 10.07.2016

8pm-8:45pm Son Lux

MJF 20160710 Lab Son Lux
MJF 20160710 Lab Son Lux

The American band delivers a show that impresses for the well thought drums beats, for the experimental sounds and if you add to that the voice of singer Ryan Lott you’ve got it all. The electronic sounds are carefully superposed to the drums and the electric guitar riffs. The band is very friendly with the audience and singer Ryan Lott thanks them for coming out to see them and says this is the last gig of their tour and it is a great pleasure to be ending with the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

9:15pm-10:15pm Other Lives

MJF 20160710 Lab Other Lives
MJF 20160710 Lab Other Lives

The Oklahoma band confirms once more to be outstanding live. Each of the five members of Other Lives is multi instrumental. One of the guys switches with nonchalance from playing the trumpet to the violin passing through the piano and xylophone. The world of sounds the band creates is overwhelmingly beautiful, from somber and powerful melodies to orchestral sounds.

Singer Jesse Tabish has a predilection for the piano which he plays in a passionate way. While playing the old songs he seems to be living them more, as he looks more connected to them. The sounds are powerful!

The band despite having changed two previous members still plays songs from the former album Tamer Animals for the pleasure of the faithful audience and also for the delight of the newcomers! The songs from this album, like “Dust Bowl III”, have an incredible power live, with orchestral crescendos and the singer’s exclamations here and there. The last album Rituals is a further confirmation of Other Lives’ outstanding talent, although bringing innovations like the employment of synths which seems highlighted. And live it is alla treasure.

10:45pm-11:45pm Àsgeir

MJF 20160710 Lab Asgeir
MJF 20160710 Lab Asgeir

Àsgeir has a shy but splendid voice which intertwines itself with the soft folk melodies mixed with synth sounds. His music recalls Icelandic landscapes and his falsetto seems rather cold at times.

On stage he looks a bit shy uttering a few “thank you” to the audience, at least at the beginning.

An amazing evening at the discovery of different kind of indie folk, by visiting the different landscapes in which these bands and their music is able to take us.

Simona @TakeMe2aConcert

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