Tucked away in a luxurious Soho apartment, off a cobblestone street, our first August gig brought the uniquely intimate allure one always hopes to find at Sofar. A certain hum of anticipation spread through the room (beautifully adorned with the artwork of the night’s generous host), as we settled into our spots on cushions, couches, and bits of floorspace, ready to welcome another evening with four of the city’s most promising musicians.
Known for her song writing with artists including Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, the seemingly effortless Rebecca Jordan opened the gig with a collection of recently released personal work. Jordan captured the room in seconds with her sweetly savory melodies and jazzy, blues vibes. Her sound falls somewhere between the realms of Feist and Erykah Badu, thanks to the soulful trim sewn onto its edges. The Brooklyn artist invites new fans to check out her single, “Something,” available for free download on her website.
Up next, Goldspot had the room swept up in the rich stories behind their latest release, Aerogramme. The album, due out on August 21st (with a show at Rockwood to celebrate), is based on the reflections of lead singer, Siddhartha Khosla, regarding his parents emigration from India to the US. With honest, conversational vocals and the inclusion of uncommon instruments including the omnichord, Goldspot nods toward influences like The Beach Boys and The Beatles. Of Khosla’s many stories-turned-to-song, one in particular resonated with the room—that of communicating with his mother, across oceans and continents, via recordings on cassette tapes.
Switching genres for the third time that night, the Bronx-based Rocky and The Pressers brought a unique brand of contemporary reggae. With silky harmonies infused with flairs of folk energy, this six pack carried the crowd away on their easy melodies. Between the effortless cool of their own tracks like “On The Rise” and their cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor”, they had the whole Sofar audience lending harmonies to their chilled out compositions. The bands latest album Dance at The Playhouse is available for streaming on Soundcloud if you missed their set.
Veterans of the NY jazz and spoken word circuit, The Mighty Third Rail finished off the night with a layered mix of big time bass, violin, beatboxing and hip hop poetry. Dynamic front man Darian Dauchan kept things dynamic with enterprising stories wrapped in the contour of what one might describe as cinematic musical arrangements. Of note was the trio’s popular music medley, which had the room completely enamored (and singing along). The Mighty Third Rail certainly live up to their label and ended the evening on a enchanted high.
Check out these remarkable artists using the links above, and don’t forget to sign up for your chance to discover up-and-coming acts in-person at www.sofarsounds.com.