It’s a rare occurrence to walk into The Corner to the sweet sounds of the ivories being played on stage, bringing the charm of a little Ray Charles cover fused with jazz and soulful vocals. But thanks to Gerard Masters, this is what we got in a short opening set, topped off with a couple of originals from a recent EP release.
To add to the versatility, the charming sounds of ukulele from Domini Forster arrived, making even the saddest songs ever more captivating together with moving vocals sharing poetic tales immediately enchanting from the first lines of Little Dreamer.
The personality that radiates between songs is a complete contradiction to the woeful troubadour performing; happy and bubbly despite being motivated to create in sadness.
Raven, despite being newer and darker was simply fascinating to hear unfold. Singing other people’s happy songs seemed the only let-up in response. Even though ‘If I Only Had a Brain’ (yes, the Wizard of Oz tune) sounded happy, I can’t be swayed from thinking it’s deceptively melancholy (wishing for a brain and all). The charm of Accolades made it an absolute stand out.
The eclectic sounds were guaranteed to continue with Lior, an artist who has always seemed to manage a different feel and direction on each album, while still maintaining a distinctly unique sound that carries across them all.
The worldliness of Bells of Montreal and introspective tones of I Remember Me immediately focussed attention to the reflective mood of the latest album, Scattered Reflections. Pure vocal tones with a distinct undercurrent of eastern influences were undeniably faultless, accompanied with a band of talented musicians continued to share the newer material live throughout the night.
Intriguing verses and whimsical choruses of Help Me Up were a perfect example of styles being fused together for a quirky and dreamy sound. A Lift in the Morning Fog offered a level of vulnerability and wisdom, perhaps only coming with maturity .
With the staging of new songs set aside, a small selection of tunes paid homage to bygone albums. Travelling back an album to Tumbling into the Dawn shifted things to a more upbeat vibe earlier in the night, while somewhat unfamiliar drums and bass that seemingly went nowhere evolved into a different arrangement of ‘Autumn Flow’.
Never short of humour, Lior introduced a final song as an interpretation of a good song from an artist he claimed not to like much, irritating in fact. Not immediately familiar and not immediately obvious he was talking about himself, that song turned out to be Daniel, where everyone knew where to make their contributions for backing vocals.
The true cover came in the encore, with ‘A Satisfied Mind’ and despite the sombre tones of the evening, everything wrapped up on a high with an old fave in This Old Love and the fun of Diego and the Village Girl. A fitting finale reminiscing on the older tunes but celebrating the growth and stretch of new sounds in the same venue I first saw Lior live several years ago.