REVIEW: Dan Parsons and Charlie Mayfair at Alhambra Lounge 02/07/10
Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on July 6, 2010
As I decended into the unasuming inlet of the valley’s best kept secret, I had no idea how the evening would play out, nor could I have ever imagined. The Alhambra Lounge is an irresistibly simple concept drenched in a warm crimson ambience. A cosy performer’s platform trimmed by a winding bar heads a handful of candle lit poseur tables to stand, sip or sway to live music. The feeling is exclusive yet intimate.
Scenewave’s favourite harmony, Charlie Mayfair, graced the stage around ten o’clock and filled the airways with bittersweet tales from their debut EP ‘Watch My Hands’. Deep barrelled percussion, infused with a quaint choir of pretty melodies and folky rhythms readily evoke the daydream that is Fleetwood Mac. Needless to say their sound was a rather charming welcome.
The album launch-er (launch-or?), Mr Dan Parsons, worked his microphone and amp from a little past eleven. Playing tracks from his sophomore release ‘Firestarter’, Parsons sung and strummed like a man with new found fervour. Having turned his back on the acoustic singer-songwriting path off his début, ‘Old Brown Shoe’, Parsons delivered an enjoyable set of sugar-coated indie tunes. The standout tracks were the title hit, Firestarter, and, the uplifting, Run With Me, which carry a delicate mash of Josh Pyke and Sparkadia. While neither ground breaking nor extra-ordinary, Parsons grasp of catchy progressions and foot tapping licks is evident and hopefully here to stay.
All in all, a great venue, and music from two very promising up and coming Australian artists, and all for the price of a pack of smokes.