the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

neko case

In music on June 12, 2009 at 9:05 am

neko

…is a force of nature, i.e. not to be messed with. her act, which i caught tuesday night at the warfield, was a study (despite THAT voice) in tempo: drawing mostly from this year’s excellent middle cyclone, neko played with the pacing of her songs–every note was true (in tone) to the recording, but was stretched or condensed at will. her vocal range is 3D, shifting not only along the hi/lo and loud/soft axes, but along the molasses/bubble-gum-pop-fast continuum. her band was a bunch of pros, but neko could have been up there with an ipod–only once or twice in the set were they able to show off their chops… a little. disarmingly funny in between songs, neko’s face became vacant while performing highlights like “red bells,” “margaret vs. pauline,” and “this tornado loves you”–like it was just a vessel for that voice. you sort of wish she would at least look like she was having fun.

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