Amerykanka and The Mountain Carol at Radio Bean and Erica Bosserman and Katy Hellman at Light Club Lamp Shop December 21, 2018   Leave a comment

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Amerykanka pic by Tim Lewis

It was a Friday night and the last thing in the world that I wanted to do was go out. Saturday is my Monday and I knew it would be a challenge to figure out the work flow for the day. Staying in and getting to bed early made so much sense, and yet, a band I like were coming over from Plattsburgh, so what, I couldn’t walk 15 minutes downtown? There were a few shows around town that looked cool, and a can’t miss holiday show at Arts, that I totally missed and heard was totally amazing, but I thought if I found something quick and easy, I could make it out. Of course, once that decision was made, a couple of wish list shows lined up relatively nicely, I knew I’d have to make some choices to make it happen. All of that said, I had to take a pry bar to my psyche to make that first step out the door.

I quickly caught a reasonable walking pace and slid into the fairly full Radio Bean. I clumsily entered and got a drink and listened as Amerykanka unveiled their lovely voices with a drone underneath. Consisting of five women singers and occasional new or old drones from a laptop, the sound is ethereal and enchanting. I just listened to the first one as I settled in, but quickly knew the next. Blood And Gold is a tale of soldiers in the snow that brings you right into the story. They followed with a couple that were from a 20 year old requiem written by Rebecca . They sang a Czech song about Mother Mary and vespers and I think the next one had a Spanish theme. The next song was about joy, but that could be said about their whole show. I finished my beer and made hard choice one.

 

I took the long walk to the Light Club Lamp Shop and settled in. Erica Bosserman took the stage with her voice and an acoustic guitar. She sang with a soft falsetto voice and a steady driving guitar that caught me instantly. She sang about when the fever breaks and how it is written in the stars. She sang a song about putting the words she should have said into a letter. It had some quiet parts where her voice reminded me of Roger Waters. She said that not all of her songs are sad ones and played a rousing Mix It Up, The next song might have been about a blue life, but the one after definitely took us into the forest. She closed with a stark and cool song about not turning to stone. It was a really nice set.

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Erica Bosserman pic by Tim Lewis

I glanced at the clock and it said 20 of Carol, so thankfully, Katy Hellman took the stage quickly. She sang as delightfully as always and mixed up playing guitar and bass. I think the first one was about flesh and stars and it definitely had a cool bass groove. She sang a song about letting go of the peaches that have rotted so new ones can grow on the vine. She played a very new and very cool song called Storm then played a song that I think was called Mockingbirds. There is something about her songs that is so inviting, and just makes you feel good when you are listening to them. I reveled in one more beautiful song before the evil and beautiful time clock pulled me back to the Bean.

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Katy Hellman pic by Tim Lewis

I walked in and The Mountain Carol began to play. Their sound is hypnotic and dreamy and has strength and a nice flow. I keep listening to their albums and think I will know all the songs when they play live then get lost immediately once they start. I’m OK with that. I think they opened with Dino then went into The Mountain Carol then into another one and maybe another, They surfaced at some point and said hi and that the next one was from their upcoming album Wonder Of Birds. Under Neath flowed through the depths and sounded similar to yet different from their Transmissions From Robot Dog version. They played a cool new song called Last Night then began to Sway. They claimed that the party was over but kept taking us into the land of the shadow puppets. All night long they sounded great, and it was easy to slide into that lovely flow, but there was a little something off with the lighting. It’s like you could see them just fine, but the shadows weren’t quite as distinct as usual. Anyway, they played a song about having pure intentions and called it a night. I quickly slipped out the door and made it home a little after 11. I caught a few hours rest and dove into the work day.

 

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The Mountain Carol pic by Tim Lewis

 

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