Palomino Festival Gets A Taste Of Amythyst Kiah’s Expressive Power REVIEW+PHOTOS: Amythyst Kiah at Palomino Festival 7/9/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… Amythyst Kiah’s music slaps. If you don’t consider yourself a fan of blues/folk music, I highly recommend that you give Amythyst Kiah’s 2021 album Wary + Strange a listen. The album as a whole is a solid, but when you cull out and playlist those hard hitting blues jams with the amplified distorted bass lines (“Black Myself”, “Hangover Blues”, “Fancy Drones (Fracture Me)”, “Sleeping Queen”, “Opaque”), I guarantee you’ll have “stank face” for a solid 20 minutes.
What makes Amythyst’s recordings so good is the passion in the vocals expressing the powerful messages in her lyrics. I got a taste of that expressive power at Palomino, but I think… and now this is just my two cents … I probably would have enjoyed my first Amythyst experience in a setting other than at a festival. I think I would have really connected more with the music… and forgive the cliche… if I had witnessed her perform in a darkened concert hall as opposed to under the bright afternoon sun. I feel that gravity and heaviness of her music … the power of her music … demands a venue that requires full attention and focus. You lose a little bit of that with drunken cowboys on a sunny afternoon….”