It’s not every day we get a singer/songwriter of such high calibre doing shows in the heart of Brisbane.
From the first 30 seconds of the first track, Grey Ocean, and the accompanying waves of goosebumps that came with it, I knew we were in for a real treat. The lush string arrangements, powerful and haunting voice, and emotive lyrics blended perfectly to create something truly wonderful and rare. The whole show was an absolute privilege to witness.
I count myself as a definite fan of Lior‘s work, though admit it’s really only his first album that I know well. It’s been five years since Autumn Flow came out, though I have vivid memories of having to pull my car off the road in a hurry to really appreciate the title track when I first heard it on the radio. That emotional jolt was revived and amplified seeing Lior live last night—there were some truly sublime moments of vocal, musical, and lyrical mastery that reminded me of the magic that’s possible in live music.
The ‘by request’ element of the show kept things unpredictable and interesting, with a handful of cover songs making an appearance in a completely new light. Lior‘s cover of Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer was as hilarious as it was musically accurate. His ‘remixed’ interpretation was immensely fun as well; exploring the naive innocent side of the lyrics, Lior decides that the natural musical backing to highlight this trait would be the theme from Sesame Street. A moment of pure joy.
The only thing I could fault with the show was the audience. Like an unfolding perfect dream being interrupted by a lawnmower on a Saturday morning, there were several moments of inappropriate noisy behaviour by drunk and uncouth individuals. These added an extremely unwelcome ‘surround sound”element to the show I wish I could have turned off.
The rear left channel was occupied by some dreadlocked ‘gentleman’ who deemed Lior‘s show the right time to practice hocking phlegm as loudly as possible and making trumpet-mouth sounds for a large portion of the show. And the rear right channel was a booth of loud drunken workmates who thought the Courier-Mail Spiegeltent was the natural next step for a Friday evening booze-up. This selfish behaviour detracted from an otherwise powerful and amazing experience.
Lior‘s second and final encore was Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez and was one of the most electrifying live performances I have ever seen. Starting acapella, Lior showed what an incredibly well controlled and finely tuned instrument the human voice can be. Throughout the entire show his voice was spot on, and the beautiful blending with guitar, double bass, and arias of lush strings cast a spell that will be remembered by many for a long time. There’s one more show tonight, don’t miss it!