Gig review and pictures: Krystle Warren and the Faculty at Dingwalls – 22/05/12

Tuesday was potentially the start of summer. The sun was high in the air. Camden Lock more reminiscent of a small town in the south of France than central London.  Hipsters being cool, p*ss heads getting sunstroke, Yo Sushi nigiri was literally melting.

It was the perfect night for a concert, and Krystle Warren provided the perfect soundtrack.

This was a very different show to the others I have seen Krystle play.  On the previous two occasions it has always been just Krystle, her guitar and her magnetic personality.  This time she had a collection of musicians, let’s call them the (UK) Faculty.  It transformed her sound, from one of pure folk to a wholehearted country feel.  It felt like a sonic tour of the American countryside; driving through the Kentuky Bluegrass with the wind in your hair.

The songs were strong, very strong.  New songs like Sadness Is A Good Thing and Choosing My Battles showed Krsytle taking what made Circles a great album and expanding.  The One Who Takes You Home written about a couple Krsytle saw in a bar one night was one of the stand-outs.

Many of the best songs on the night came from her forthcoming album which is apparently the “dark side” of love.  Tissues at the ready apparently, and from the evidence of Tuesday night it should be cracking album.

Just as the show was about to drag, with perfect timing, Krystle pulled out my favourite record , Year and Issue, to perk everyone up and setup a great climax.  The encore was more recognisable Krsytle, just her and the guitar magically captivating the audience.

Krystle Warren should be on everyone’s must see live list.  I dare you to go and not fall in love with her and her music.


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