Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Opsvik & Jennings

It was a rainy, nasty Monday night show at Nublu, with only a dozen or so people in the crowd and a five piece band set up amongst the rectangular jags and outcroppings of amps, boxes, milk crates, etc. in the middle of the floor. The sounds started up almost unnoticed. The conversations likewise ended without ceremony, with a slight overlap. And then everyone was turned, listening from both sides of the club, webbing the band in a two-point perspective. Song after song started, built. Some of the songs had hailed endings and sometimes to clap seemed wretchedly inappropriate.

I am in love with what I heard though: five instruments that seem to capture five eras, and songs that seem to blend five genres. It's progressive, it's instrumental, it's one of the most interesting and well arranged performances I've seen lately. Flawless almost. I guess an electric guitar, upright bass, keys, drums, and horns are all you need in life.

"Thread" by Opsvik & Jennings Download mp3 (with permission)

Opsvik & Jennings will be playing again at Nublu on Monday, April 27th at 9:30pm. I would recommend this show very highly, were I to be asked.

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