The Luminary Arts had a pretty sweet February, with the group meeting their Kickstarter campaign to move to Cherokee Street and kicking off their 2012 Elevator Music Series with Zola Jesus and Talk Normal.
Talk Normal is Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro, who brought their dark vocals and thick sounds down from Brooklyn for the Luminary crowd. I’m a sucker for drummer/vocalists and Ambro was definitely laying down some rapid-fire beats that evening. Lit only two red bulbs, the duo weren’t an easy shoot, but the dark stage seemed a much more appropriate setting for Talk Normal‘s sound.
Further listening: Sugarland
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Three blue cubes situated on the floor provided the only light for Ms. Danilova’s set, giving the slender singer an ethereal vibe to go along with her ghostly music. The young songstress paced the stage, broke into dance fits, wandered off stage and into the crowd mid-song and still made time to slay us with her voice. I was not prepared on what to expect with Ms. Danilova, having only picked up Conatus a week earlier and missing out on her buzzed-about appearance at the Billiken Club last year. But her set at the Luminary has had me spinning the new album non-stop since then.
Further listening: Conatus
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-Tried the Urban Chestnut Zwickel. A winner.
-I felt like some attendees needed a refresher course on concert etiquette, including the chat-and-cut couple who didn’t think it was a problem to just stand in front of others already there, the guy who couldn’t keep his hands off of the Zola Jesus lights and the numerous flash offenders. Seriously, I understand wanting a picture, but when you’re setting off so many flashes with hail mary shots that Danilova actually has to shield her eyes with both hands, you need to stop.