One of the newest venues that has opened up in Dublin recently, this quaint little café is very much tailormade for these kind of music nights. One of the good things it has going for it in terms of its size is how it really suits an acoustic performance in any size- be it band or solo artist. Tonight we ventured there for the first time to work alongside The Fluffy Noise and we saw something of great potential from this set. With the accompanying flow of the mandolin the intro draws a subtle liking to ‘Pictures Of Matchstick Men’ by Status Quo in terms of how it develops a pique in the sound. Then the prowess prevails as the lyrics come to pass with real commitment. What comes through is well considered and there is a justified kick in the performance here that is rather forthright. The delivery captures that pensive quality as the vocals carry the urgency in an equally prominent way. Again the careful dynamic is managed tastefully with ‘Party Song’. The tasteful distinction called out in the narrative hinted at offers a broader sense of weight that bears down on the context suitably. It almost has a hint of little known Irish band The Last Tycoons about it in places. When it picks up the tempo is steadily felt and the contemporary sense of comfort on show adds a sense of charm most favourably as it does so.
On ‘Complete’ you can pick up on this Lou Reed feel in the romanticism. It is very suitable to the venue in fact with the style befitting the delivery in a way that adds additional worth to the lyrics. What is bore down comes together neatly and the empowering temperament also calls the shots. This is a tune that is reflective but the residing maturity is what really locates the value here. Opening with a polka flourish is ‘Freedom In Some Ways’. Yet the tempo has a softness that is reeled in to give the structure a more delicate sense of balance. It is all well laid out and as the rhythm steps out things move up a gear. The strong sense of the poetic consumes the lyrics and offers so much. In doing so there is a fundamental sense of completion in the stiller values that come to pass in the latter progressions.
We then came to ‘Quit To Take That Road’. Here the is finesse found on the intro and it offers a more solemn offering. It is also a stronger acoustic song that sets up the terms in a suitable way. The sedate outline is well measured and the delivery takes to that smartly. The grandeur that comes off is structured and the approach holds in a way that works. As opening lines go ‘Let It All Wash Away’ brings a commendable degree of sophistication which is mirrored in the lyrics throughout. That is an attraction here that very much pulls you in and it is excellent all the way through. The final track here was ‘Mary Jane’ and they saved the best until last. Even though it is a song about a girl from Alabama the kitchen sink feel of the lyrics gift it with flair and substance. The darker calling leaves its mark here and it does come across a tune with immense potential.
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