My equally deep running love of intimate concerts and jelly beans both began in Copenhagen. When I came across the equivalent of a candy store for home concerts, I couldn’t help but fill my paper bag to the brim. Here’s what’s in it.
Low-fi is everything you could ever dream of when on the lookout for a home concert. Musicians are all beautifully lined up on virtual shelves, boosting stories of diving into the woods, themselves or the world. They all provide tasters — some more generous than others, all delicious — of their music and ability to create that magical feeling of togetherness. You just have to pick one. Or two. Three maybe? Don’t let ME stop you.
Upon entering the marketplace, my excitement immediately started to run wild at the sight of dozens of musicians — 30 Youtube tabs worth of wild. Thank heavens for filters. Indie, singer-songwriter, alternative were my go-tos. Musicians explosive and smooth, dark and soft entertained my ears.
Paper bag full to the brim, I let my gut do the trimming down to my top 10 Low-fi musicians. Behold my self control. Here goes.
‘Behave, be kind’ are the first words I read by this strikingly self assured goddess. Laura’s clear voice briefly reminds me of Adele. Her captivating lyrics—introspective and at times dark—soon yank me, ever so softly, to her unique side. One of my favorites in the ‘T-shirts I never get to wear’ category of my wardrobe is a T-shirt that reads ‘Sad songs make me feel better’. You’ll understand why I yearn to share a room with a musician as beautifully melancholic as Laura.
Clara Bryld and Jeppe Højgaard
I had the good fortune of experiencing these two live in a winter garden, under a tree with meandering branches. The whole evening is a blur of fuzzy feelings, wide smiles and frequent cheers. A moment I remember clearly is flashing my T-shirt that reads ‘Stay soft, stay brave’ through the large windows of the winter garden and it feeling like the perfect thing to do. When it comes to the music, you’d better believe the reviews. Clara does have a beautiful voice and lyrics that will make you laugh out loud and dry your tears in the span of a few songs. Jeppe’s improvised trumpet and clarinet notes added to the concert’s unique and in the moment vibe.
Now excuse me while I overdose on these talented singer-songwriters. Genres? What genres? Fine. I’ll have one of each. And so should you.