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Live Review: Patrick James, Winterbourne, Edward R @ The Old Museum, 26.09.14

 

Put down your soy latte and straighten up your suspenders; shout out to all you indie folk because this one’s for you. Patrick James headlined one stellar of a night at the Old Museum and with the support of Edward R and Winterbourne it was a smorgasbord of husky voices that could woo almost anyone to their knees.

Edward R took to the stage delivering his trance sounds that flowed beautifully tying each song seamlessly together with an electronic aura was very Sigur Ros/Of Monsters and Men and was quite impressive the way his songs would magically transform into each other. Though with no introduction, no song introduced, an audience is left with a simple “well who are you and why are you singing to me?” look on their face. His percussionist with long-nipple-covering hair was the highlight. He put so much into his performance it was brilliant. As an act though, and with no stage presence it was a little disappointing but didn’t spoil an effortlessly magical set.

Then Winterbourne came on, and it was love at first sight. It’s truly a great moment for any music lover when they see a band for the first time and it all just clicks. Everything from Winterbourne’s raw voices, to some soul piercing harmonies (and don’t even get me started on those sick as mandolin solos) these guys have truly nailed their sound. Their jokes to the audience, the stories behind their songs and just them in general; gosh, it was one of those sets that makes you almost forget there’s a headliner to come. “Hometown” was one of the highlights of their set, a really great story told alongside some magical sounds with an ending that left me feeling just … just feeling. All I want to know is, where is the nearest Winterbourne gig and where can I buy shares in them?

The blue light covered the room, a smoke machine set the mood Patrick James took about three-seconds before stealing our hearts. His Paper Kites fused Boy and Bear sound filled the museum and left no one untouched as he truly captivated his audience. He serenaded an audience filled with wonderment as he tapped almost every emotion one can find in a one hour set. Loud rock to soft ballads, he really is a master of the husk of a voice of his. His band blended so perfectly with his vibe too, just as chill and just as smooth. They form an ensemble and I mean that word ensemble as they work together so beautifully and it was really hard to fault anything they did, it was genuinely impressive. 

Their harmonies are something worth mentioning too as they are breath tacking and holy gosh I could feel them in my bones. In their quieter moments their harmonies would take the floor leaving any backing behind. It was during these gloriously exposed moments that showed that they’re pretty damn good singers. There were no quivers and no shakes, nothing but total bliss. 

The Old Museum’s set out with seats, and it was hard to stay seated the whole time with a few of his up beat numbers had the audience jittering in their seat, just itching to get up and groove. James must’ve seen the seat bopping and invited the audience up on their feet and gosh the tension was relieved. James can be chill at times, but his music is just too gosh darn good to stay seated for.

The highlight of the whole night though came in form of an acoustic encore. Ditching the stage and microphones, the band worked their way into the middle of the audience and began to sing. A very simple, very elegant rendition of one of James’ older tracks but my word did it make your heart skip. Everything good about them blossomed here, a truly special moment in music and even if you’d paid to hear that song alone, you would’ve got your money’s worth. I cannot rave on about this enough. I definitely want to hear more of this. You just can’t help but just thank James, the whole set just went from musical strength to the next and you can tell this man has a thriving future ahead of his. Thank you Patrick James, from the bottom of my heart.

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