Friday, September 4, 2015

Recording: Mirapolis

Artist: Mirapolis

Song: The Striga*

Recorded at The Cavern Bar, August 23, 2015.

Mirapolis - The Striga

I'd heard from friends who had been that The Cavern Bar had an unusual vibe for a gig, and this first visit confirmed that. Off the usual music venue grid on Church Street, the basement room is as much a watering hole for patrons of the hostel above as a destination for music seekers, leading to some random interactions and moments of bands playing to as many blissfully indifferent patrons as folks there for the show. As with openers Bears & Children, I was familiar with one-third of this young unit, having seen drummer Noah Sherman in action previously. Joined by Luan Phung (guit) and Chris Rennie (tenor sax) the group was pushing in a few different directions, sounding, at a couple points, like Tortoise attempting to tackle "A Love Supreme". That questing quality (which also lead to an intriguing cover of Olivier Messiaen's "Louange à l'éternité de Jésus") was the band's best asset, compensating for a few moments of lingering jazz-school precision fustiness.

* Thanks to Noah for passing along the title to this one!

4 comments:

  1. Hey Joe! This one is called The Striga - written by Luan.

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  2. Hey! This is Chris from Mirapolis. Thank you for this review! (long overdue). We are releasing an EP on bandcamp in the next few days. Would we be able to use your photo of us for our artist page?

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    1. Feel free! Send me a link when the EP goes up!

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