Friday, June 15, 2012

Laura Marling and Michael Kiwanuka

Last night I went to a Laura Marling concert in Prospect Park. I hadn't heard of her, but the Celebrate brochure copy on her intrigued me, and I was hoping for a folksy Beth Orton type. She had a lovely voice and sweet, smart lyrics. But the overall effect was just okay for me, nothing special.

Marling was preceded by Michael Kiwanuka, who I had also never heard of, and who I thought was fantastic. Very soulful, searing singing style (sorry for the alliteration there). He had a wonderful presence and a great mix of roots, soul, folk, and rock. I will definitely keep an eye out for him in the future.

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