Michelle Malley Presents Iress Solo And Emotions Runneth Over
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… When Michelle Malley took the stage, I braced myself. I kinda knew what to expect; a gloriously brutal outpouring of doubt, regret, and sorrow. I was ready to be moved.
From the first song, I was transfixed. Her performance of “Shallow” had all of the intensity and angst as the recording, and when she belted out the chorus, I could feel the bumps start to tingle on my arms. She immediately went on to break my heart with the next song, “Nest”. The emotions and melody start so unassumingly, but then when she gets to the chorus and she sings the glissando in the chorus, you really feel her reaching for that emotion when she sings, “Come away with me.” The longing for comfort is there in the way Michelle sings, and it’s beautiful.
While the music was heavy, Michelle’s mood was not. She was all smiles between songs, showing her gratitude for her friends and fans making out to the show. There was even more humor when Michelle was joined on stage by Graham Walker who accompanied her on guitar for most of the set and had her friend Lauren Coleman, a documentary filmmaker who dusted off the guitar and vocal harmonies to sing a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free” with Michelle. They both laughed after the songs about the mistake that both of them simultaneously made.
She closed her set with a new song that lacked an official title. She suggested I call it “Ready”, and I thought it was fitting because I’m ready for more music from Michelle and Iress. Singers who pull you into a real palpable emotional state are few and far between, and Michelle has done it to me every time I’ve seen her sing; whether solo, with a band, with a broken arm…
Other songs performed were “Hand Tremor” and “Dark Love” …”