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Daniel Lee Kendall live Review @ Ric's Cafe -23.06.2011

Before Daniel Lee Kendall took to the stage the front room of Ric’s bar was packed like a tin of sardines, literally overflowing - girls were perched atop of the bar to make room (probably also to get a better view of DLK) and only those dying of thirst dared leave their ‘spot’ for a drink.

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Kendal was surprisingly very natural and confident on stage and joked and chatted with the audience visibly enjoying their enthusiasm and company. Not long into his first song I couldn’t help noticing how effortlessly Kendal recreated both the sound and mood of his recordings. His voice really is that velvety and (when he wants it to be) powerful, I was genuinely impressed.

 

The crowd quickly fell under the spell of his charm and listened like their lives depended on it. Kendal’s guitar playing was spot on and percussive enough to get hips swaying and toes tapping but he stepped it up a notch by (occasionally) adding the perfect amount of extras; synthesized strings, stomp box, and a suitably Gen Y drum machine. The trademark tidal vocal dynamics Kendal uses, particularly in his earlier works, are incredibly hypnotizing and likeable but I was pleased to hear less of them on his newer material; I almost get the feeling he has (previously) underestimated his vocal and lyrical ability and creativity. Kendall played several unrecorded songs that were fantastic especially ‘Angelique’ which was quite simply very clever in structure, composition and content.

Saving the crowd favourite ‘Lost in the Moment’ for last Kendall lapped up the warmth of the crowd with a wry smile and I should mention that that hooky whistle is 100% the man himself – BRAVO! Before leaving the stage he promised to be returning soon and I really believe that will be a performance well worth seeing.

I’m not one for ‘sounds like’ references but this gig reminded me immensely of the very early days and performances of Mr. Josh Pyke. Kendall shares the same warm simplicity in his music and nature, however I do forecast he will take a very different musical path to Pyke in the months and years to come.

Madeline Stewart - AAA Backstage

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