the thing that i’m into is the philosophy of the music.
i love the surprise of things
just the sound of a word, to try to express them in the best way, so that the emotion is totally revealed.
back in 2003, beth gibbons of portishead and long time friend rustin’ man [paul webb of talk talk] collaborated together on the haunting autumn album *out of season*. the achingly beautiful arrangements of instruments surrounding strong lyrics and intoxicating vocals created a feeling that bled longing and loss as a secret sense of love and hope from start to finish.
after the album’s release, bib and i went to experience beth gibbons & rustin man live at st. ann’s warehouse in brooklyn. with members of portishead and talk talk as the band standing inside a backlit blue shadow, everyone faded into their own perfect private view. inbetween breaths and hauls of a cigarette, beth clutched her microphone with both hands, gently whispering elegant melodies. cast under a spell, the audience swayed in humbled quiet awe. surprised by the epic intensity of crashing drums, loud acoustic guitars, swooping strings and dark keyboards, transcending through beth’s powerful and simultaneously fragile evocative voice — every song delivered touching each and everyone’s hearts.
to go from listening to the album out of season and then seeing this live was something quite out of the land where dreams are made of. recently stumbling upon the berlin recording of this tour, it truly reminded me of just how lucky we were to be there.
live in berlin // 2003
*** highly recommended