On Wednesday night, I made my way down to The Independent in San Francisco to catch a night of music highlighted by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) performing as CANT. This is the new solo project of Taylor’s and also features the work of producer Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.). The debut album Dreams Come True was just released on September 13.
The night started off with the British composer/producer Dev Hynes’s project Blood Orange that supplied us with a healthy serving of fresh 80sesque funky soul. His set featured him playing a lot of material from his recently released album Coastal Grooves. I had gone to the show without checking out either of the openers. Throughout his set, I was blown away by Hynes’s guitar playing. On “Forget It”, he dropped to his knees and began shredding and multiple times throughout the set he jumped off stage to join us in the crowd while he played his songs.
Next up was the New York based psych pop band Mirror Mirror, I was not sure what to expect when I saw the front man come out in a dress and a transparent sweater. As they took the stage they were greeted by a fan that appeared to be taking a nap on a speaker sitting on the center of the stage. This led the lead singer to leave his synth and lay on the speaker next to the exhausted fan and continued to sing the slow burning dark song that they opened their set with. This was an interesting intro to the show to say the least, they continued through their strange psych sounds that were reminiscent of Pink Floyd at times. This set was highlighted by their haunting track “Interiors
To close out the evening Chris Taylor took the stage backed by a drummer, keyboardist and Haynes holding down the guitar. The set was opened up by the first track off of Dreams Come True – “Too Late, Too Far”. This song features a fluid beat and evolving synth, Taylor’s vocals brought this song to whole new level live. Keeping to the order of the album they next played “Believe” which brings out some super sexy RnB elements created with a funky bass line and some explosive electronic sounds. Taylor and his band mates left the stage only to return shortly to give us a two-song encore that included “The Edge” and the slow fuzzy song “She Found a Way Out”. The debut solo album from Taylor is produced in fine fashion and his live show is equally as solid.
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10-08 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10-11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10-12 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10-14 Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
10-15 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10-16 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10-18 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10-19 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10-21 Toronto, Ontario - Garrison
10-22 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
10-24 Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10-25 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10-27 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10-28 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10-29 Asheville, NC - Moogfest
All photos (c) Dan Cordie