Yael Meyer’s Voice Over An Acoustic Soundscape Is A Pretty Perfect Pairing [PHOTOS+REVIEW] REVIEW+PHOTOS: YAEL MEYER @ SXSW 3/14/17
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For every artist we decided to catch at SXSW, we decided to review each performance with our own version of “Five Ws and One H” answering the questions: 1) Who are they, 2) What kind of music do they play, 3) When did they play, 4) Where are they from, 5) Why did we decide to catch them play and 6), How was their performance.
WHO: Yael Meyer.
WHAT: Indie-Folk with splashes of pop and electronica.
WHEN: 3/14/17 at the Westin Hotel.
WHERE: Santiago, Chile.
WHY: If there’s one feature on Facebook that I use quite regularly, it’s checking out artist pages and seeing which of my friends have like the page. I almost hate to admit it, but I can usually get a sense of whether I’ll like an artist by which of my friends like them too. Two of my friends “liked” Yael Meyer’s page. Let’s just say that I trust their opinions.
HOW: At SXSW, almost every store, shopping center, bar and hotel lobby is converted into a performance area. Surely, there are bound to be technical issues that will inevitably arise, and unfortunately Yael’s performance at the Westin Hotel was cut a little short because the sound guy couldn’t figure out how to address the sound problems in a timely manner.
Despite the technical setbacks, Yael was able to perform a handful of songs before I had to leave to the next gig. As expected, she sounded great. The version of the songs she played leaned a little more acoustic than I expected given that some of her more recent recordings utilize some electronic elements (which could have been the result of a synth not being properly hooked up), but Yael’s delicate soprano voice over an acoustic soundscape is a pretty perfect pairing, and I was certainly happy with what I heard.
I noticed that on her Facebook page that she seems to split time between her home in Chile and Los Angeles. Trust me when I say that I’ll be sure to attend her next Los Angeles performance, because I don’t think that this performance was truly indicative of the totality of what she has to offer.
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— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) March 30, 2017
Derrick K. Lee is a music attorney, blogger, concert photographer and co-owner of Blurred Culture. He goes to a lot of shows and sometimes he writes good. Music is his boo.
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