They say that if you look into someone’s eyes and feel as though you are the only two people in the room, you know you’re in love. When the world fades to grey around you and life moves in slow motion, you know you’re in love. Last night’s show, for me, mirrored this connection, although in this case between a girl and not a boy, but music.
Going into it, I wasn’t familiar with the opening act, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel. Rateliff is a Denver singer-songwriter who, with his previous band Born in the Flood turned down a deal with Roadrunner, a metal-focused label to instead pursue a slower pace; one that would allow him to sprawl out as a folk artist. So he signed with Rounder, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel came to life.
Rateliff is incredibly talented. This high, emotive tenor fills the stage with lyrics of human imperfection in an understated, yet haunting way. In my mind he sounds like Nick Drake, Glen Hansard and Leonard Cohen sharing a glass of whiskey.
Here’s a video of him performing “Early Spring Till”
And a photo from last night…
20 year-old English rose, Laura Marling appeared onstage blonder no longer, to my disappointment (excuse my bias). In fact, she walked right past us earlier in the evening, and I didn’t even recognize her. Marling is known for her striking melodies that carry forward, sometimes to surprising places, while you stand still in a state of fidelity. There were times last night, when the entire room was completely silent save for her voice and strumming guitar. And there were times last night, when you felt as though you were hearing her diary read aloud; one dark, passionate entry after the next. Only once was I reminded of her innocence – as she broke out into a fit of giggles during “Alas I Cannot Swim”, her last song of the evening. And my only criticism? She never played my favourite song, “New Romantic”, which I’m sharing here as a video.
It was an enchanting night to say the least. And in this case between a girl….this girl, and music, which can sometimes be the world’s greatest love affair.
And a couples pictures from last night…