Sunday, April 30, 2017

San Fermin BELONG (2017)

One of the best live bands (8-piece!) I've ever seen, can't recommend seeing them enough.  They just started a tour behind BELONG, which Steph & co. caught in Portland.  They create an enormous sound, and downhill momentum that is so rare.  BELONG doesn't quite capture the verve and swing and crescendo of those euphoric moments.  Not sure what their recording process is, but it sounds a little flat, especially with the live show point-of-reference.  There also just isn't enough of vocalist Allen Tate, who possesses one of the coolest baritones on the planet.  Charlene Kaye is a tremendous showwoman, but her technically precise voice comes off as a bit thin and aetheric on record, blurring the songs into mood-pieces, which is trendy I guess, but does them a disservice.  She's a great counter-point to Allen, but personally I have trouble latching on and remembering her songs. The opposite problem as CHVRCHES, but they wisely don't split duties down the middle.

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