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Live review: Caitlin Park, August 2 @ The Hive

Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on August 5, 2014

Sydney based artist Caitlin Park took to the stage at The Hive this past Saturday night in support of her acclaimed sophomore album The Sleeper.  Seamlessly combining contemporary electronic and folky acoustic music to create a new and unique sound, Park is bound to have people talking (and dancing).

Due to some technical difficulties with the sound equipment, the gig was short and sweet at just five tracks long. Park opened with Wake Up In A Whirr, for which she has just released a self-directed and produced music video for.

Although the vocals were veiled by a quiet microphone and not so quiet backing band, Park still managed to keep the mood light. Upon finishing Milk Teeth, she was quick to note how the audience were able to see just how talented her band’s backing vocals were.

The show was over in the blink of an eye, closing with the title track of Park’s album, The Sleeper.  An audience member’s comment essentially summed up in the show in three words, “That was cool”.

Although the quality of the show was slightly affected by the sound, Park still brought it all, including a sense of humor – definitely needed at a glitch-ridden gig. “Sometimes it [the sound] is really soft,” she remarked, “and other times, it makes my face blow off” Park’s talent stretches across so much more than vocals, but guitar, electronic drums and more. Combined with the talents of her backing band, wonderful music and unique music style, it made for a delightful and intimate show. If this gig was anything to go by, I have no doubt that Park and her music will quickly outgrow such intimate performance spaces.

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