By Nikki Celis
December 5, 2014
CALGARY — Friday, December 5th proved to be a great night at the Palomino, providing a highly intimate performance by three acts hailing from Western Canada.
Victoria’s Mike Edel began the night. Although opening to a modestly sized crowd, Edel looked as though he was performing in front of hundreds, conveying an energy that, for a solo-act, really livened up the room. Edel’s performance seemed reminiscent of Blaze Foley, lulling the crowd with anecdotal stories, jokes and a particular intimacy.
Calgary instrumental band Jung People were up next and they really stood out. Beautifully composed and proficiently coordinated, the tracks could have been composed by Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Mogwai; each song bridged seamlessly into the next. Performance-wise, both members looked as though they were all in synchronized reverie, their energy palpable enough for the crowd to be entranced with them. It even prompted Close Talker’s Matthew Kopperud (guitar/vocals), to aptly note, “That guitarist [Bryan Buss] is really talented.”
With the Palomino now relatively packed, Saskatoon’s Close Talker headlined the show with their eclectic sound and expressive, emotional energy. Live, the inflection of Vocalist Will Quirring’s lyrics resonated with a pained euphoria where his anthemic chorus’ provide a panacea for songs like “Take It Back.” Beautifully atmospheric and proficiently orchestrated, Close Talker tethered the best of both worlds, conjuring Mike Edel’s intimacy and Jung People’s ability to enchant.
The crowd, although highly receptive of all three acts, really took a liking to Close Talker. Eventually, they urged the band for an encore, which they gladly obliged, bringing a beautiful evening of music to an enjoyable end.AB, Alberta, Close Talker, Jung People, Mike Edel, Palomino