My next scheduled stop on Day 4 had me heading back to Rockwood Music Hall albeit Stage 1 this time for the Monarch Artists CMJ 2013 Showcase. The main objective was to see my friends Wyatt. However when I arrived, the schedule was a bit behind so I ended up catching the prior act Aly Tadros. Can I just say how lucky I am that I did? Normally I don’t do separate reviews for the same show but I am making an exception.
Aly describes her music as “not your mama’s folk music” which I must say is completely true. The 8 song set started off with Escape which was described as inappropriate. The song was catchy & a nice start which everyone appreciated as it was noted after by Aly. This was followed up by Bad Thing which was also a nice song even though it did not hit the spot for me.
However my spot was definitely hit with the third song of the set titled Alberta. I immediately fell in love with this song so much so that I kick myself for not video taping it. The repetitively haunting guitar mixed with Aly’s voice was heavenly. I could listen to her sing this song 24×7 & never get tired of hearing it!
The tone became a bit more upbeat with Sweet On Me which had me feeling like I was seated at an outdoor cafe on a beautiful Sunday enjoying life. Silence & The Truth continued that vibe with Aly’s powerful voice really shining here as she echoed that she had “and no time to waste”. The ending was absolutely beautiful & powerful as she sang “It’s a new kind of being alone / When doubt is all you know”.
My other immediately fall in love moment occurred when she played Swingset. This song featured an irresistibly whimsical & innocent guitar work that melted in with Aly’s heavenly voice perfectly. This was another moment when I kicked myself for not video taping it. This is another song I could listen to her sing 24×7 & never get tired of especially if done solo!
The set ended with a fun number in It All which was irresistibly catchy & easy to keep humming to yourself long after it was done which I am sure a number of people did including yours truly.
I have to say that this is a time I am extremely thankful for having arrived early mixed in with the schedule being behind as I might have never heard Aly Tadros which would have been an absolute shame. She has definitely made a fan of me & I look forward to seeing her a ton in the near future.
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