This is the first time since I have been living here in Sydney that I have managed to get tickets to the very popular Speigeltent at the Sydney Festival. This intimate music and theatre venue has a range of acts throughout the festival, and tonight I went to see Sharon Van Etten, a New Jersey native who played songs from her 2012 album, Tramp. As she said tonight on stage, some songs came from a place of anger and some from a place of love. What was very apparent was that she loved playing them all.
I picked the concert without having heard her music before as part of an experiment to broaden my taste in music. I then went onto youtube to see what I got myself into. Her songs are beautiful, if a bit in the same vein. As a live performer, Van Etten has a stunning voice that builds atmosphere and layers of sound and is perfect for the venue. It was a good concert on an extremely hot evening in Sydney, and I am happy with my choice. Next up in my foray into new music is Los Coronos on Friday, back in the Speigeltent.
This clip below is from the US National Public Radio (NPR) Tiny Desk Concerts. It shows you what I mean