Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Recording: Dorothea Paas

Artist: Dorothea Paas

Song: Climbing

Recorded at The Great Hall (Long Winter 4.5 – Night 2), March 19, 2016.

Dorothea Paas - Climbing

You can't fault Long Winter for being ambitious and for wanting to close out the season by cramming in as much music and art into the Great Hall as possible, but their plan to close the year out with a two-night stand didn't entirely pay off. Giving patrons the choice of two nights (and holding them at the end of Spring Break) seemed to especially cut into the younger crowd and both nights (especially Friday) lacked that "about to burst" feeling that makes LW unique. But even if the crowd was at less than maximum strength, there was no certainly no lack of music spread throughout the building.

On her recorded output, Dorothea Paas' songs have a little more of a dreampop sheen than was revealed at this live outing, that instead saw them delivered with rough'n'ready rockin' urgency from a straightforward guitar-bass-drums trio. Uncluttered arrangements, keeping the focus on the songs in a short and focused set on a night that this was the only "rock" act in the Conversation Room.

[Paas will be playing a solo set at Holy Oak on Saturday night (April 2nd).]

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