I was recently in New York and got a chance to squeeze in some live music in between work and other stuff going on (I’m in New York – the city that never sleeps). This week’s Mundo Musique, therefore, is dedicated to three acts that I saw in three nights with my friend Rich Moses.
As one of the opening acts for Torres (more on her in a future episode) at the Glasslands Gallery, Wet is a Brooklyn-based trio that plays sultry indie pop/chillwave music. There are hints of really early Eurythmics or for more modern tastes the smooth groove of Jessie Ware and the synth sounds of Cut Copy. They are still learning their craft as live performers, but the music is startling yet calm and cool.
Visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/wet – if you like what you hear.
Sometimes it is difficult to describe and appreciate a band when listening to them for the first time, especially in a dark setting like Urban Pool in Brooklyn and when the band plays psych-freak folk. Metal Mountains – which consist of Helen Rush and and Patrick Gubler on guitar and Samara Lubelski on violin – play lush, melodic music that is subtle at first and then can surprise you with its ferocity. Helen Rush’s voice is quiet yet haunting, Samara Lubelski’s violin provides the dark backdrop, and Patrick Gubler quietly leads on guitar and occasionally breaks out into a Led Zeppelin-esque jam. It’s the type of music enjoyed best in a quiet room, where you can enjoy a drink, close your eyes, and get lost in your mind.
Here’s their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Metal-Mountains/182644678436783
He’s best known for his work with Sharon Van Etten and playing lead guitar for her, but Doug Keith is an extremely talented songwriter in addition to his guitar skills. His debut album was released a couple of years ago, resembling Dylan in his early days. Doug played songs from his first two LPs at his show at Cameo in Brooklyn last week. His storytelling shines through, whether it’s about his own journeys through life, someone from the past, or the present day. And Doug, I forgive you for the visual about men’s jewels.
You can find more about Doug Keith on his webpage (it needs some updating but has some videos and songs): http://www.dougkeith.com/
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