If only I hadn’t had a relaxing three-day trip to Atlanta, this wouldn’t be going almost back-to-back with my last Little Scream post. But hey, totally worth it. Here’s the official video for Little Scream’s “Red Hunting Jacket.” So watch the stop-motion beauty and then go pick up one of the year’s best records.
Little Scream will probably go down in history as the most I’ve ever been impressed by an opener. Her set was incredible, start to finish. And though it’s been a long time since her show at MusicNOW, now’s the fun part: this is when I get to dive right into her album.
MP3: Little Scream – Heron & the Fox
What immediately struck me about Little Scream’s live show and record was the great dynamic range that she makes seem effortless. On “Heron & the Fox,” she shows off her softer side. In addition to perfectly capturing the delicate nature of folk music, she’s also got that roving spirit down on lock. I’d read an On the Road style book written by Little Scream if she could keep this level of writing up.
Little Scream and her all-star band put on one of the best shows I’ve seen all year — no small feat for a band I’d only heard one song by prior to the show. And really, I can’t overstate how fantastic this show was. Part of it was her backing band, which consisted of the majority of people who played at MusicNOW, but it was really the source material that made the biggest impression. Seeing this group stomp out “Canons” on stage at Memorial Hall will probably be the to-beat live moment of the summer for me.
Over the course of her set, Little Scream was backed by Richard Parry of the Arcade Fire, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the National, Owen Pallett, Shara Worden and Sharon Van Etten in some combination or another. At the end she brought them all back out to be joined by Megafaun to sing one of their Songs of the South a cappella. It was a fantastically delicate ending to a powerful show.
Lots more photos after the break
I’ll have my review of the National’s fantastic show online in a few days, but here’s a sneak peek at the fantastic ending. They brought out all the performers who stuck around for the final day to sing “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” with no vocal mikes. It turned into a giant singalong with the audience, Owen Pallett, Little Scream, Sharon Van Etten, Richard Parry, and Megafaun. It was a beautiful moment from a special festival. Can’t wait for 2012’s edition of MusicNOW.