Berlin / Huxley’s Neue Welt / Devendra Banhart + Rodrigo Amarante

Posted: July 9, 2013 by vals81 in Berlin, Folk, Huxley´s Neue Welt, Lo-fi
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Rodrigo Amarante (6/10)
Start 21:20 / End 21:50
Rodrigo Amarante (also Devendra’s band member) opened the evening playing some folk music, either alone with his guitar or accompanied by the full band. He played some songs from his upcoming album, most of them in Brazilian Portuguese, few in French and English. It wasn’t nothing new, but Rodrigo managed to recreate in the Huxley’s an intimate and familiar atmosphere, filled with “saudade”, which transported the attendee’s imagination to sunsets on a Brazilian beach.

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Devendra Banhart (8/10)
Start 22:15 / End 23:30
When the sun is still shining on a nice summer evening, and the temperature doesn’t exceed 25 degrees outside, Devendra’s music is the right sound to match this feeling. The Venezuelan American songwriting style, composed of intelligent Alternative Folk deviations which inspired the press to come up with weird suffixes such as freak-, psych-, avant-folk, would have probably been more appropriate in an open air venue, with the sunset accompanying the mood of the concert, instead of the indoor location of Huxley, although the latter served the scope quite well. The sold out show was composed of a diversified audience, which included mid-age people, some hipsters and many young couples. The show wasn’t supported by a scenic design at all: thinking of the fact that Devendra is also a praised painter, it was a bit disappointing not to have any art piece on stage or even projected on a widescreen during the performance. Minimal but effective light effects accompanied Devendra Banhart’s show. The set list was composed of songs from different albums and time periods, encompassing folk, dance, rock and psychedelia, without giving the impression to force this styles mix; the result was appreciated by the entirety of the audience from beginning to end. Devendra’s voice was really peculiar and the band, composed of great musicians, worked in the background to enhance Devendra’s performance, who led the evening with his particular falsetto and his singing as reciting, accompanied by gestures and facial mimic. For sure something to see again live, which leaves a smile on your face and happiness in your soul.

Venue: Huxley’s Neue Welt
Price: 27,10€ at Koka36
Setlist: Devendra Banhart

Berlin, 08.07.2013

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Comments
  1. lostfunzone says:

    i didn’t make it again… what a pity.

  2. vals81 says:

    No!!! You missed something really nice.. check always the calendar page above, it´s daily updated

  3. gg pp says:

    I agree with pretty much everything. But the venue was far from good! Sound was at least poor. And the concert was way too short. But a great evening all in all.

    • vals81 says:

      I had worst experiences at Huxley´s than that! I was just few meters distant from the speakers on the right, and I couldn’t complain with the sound.. not the best one for sure, but at least acceptable…

  4. Guillaume says:

    I found this concert quite disappointing and very amateur. I never saw such a poor light installation in such a big room and the sound engineer was far from being good. I also didn’t find the musicians very good, Devendra included. And I didn’t find the setlist well built, sometimes the transitions between 2 songs were really awful and a bit laborious. According to me there is a huge lake of work on this show and I find it quite disrespectufl. But you’re right, most of the people seemed happy.

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