The choice was tough in Paris yesterday evening as the Breeders were playing in the original “Cannonball” LP band format but I prefered to go and see Iron & Wine @ la Cigale. This was my third show concerning this band and the last time I saw them was in Austin in 2011. It had been for me the best concert of the festival, knowing that the competition included Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Stevie Wonder!
Excellent opening act for once with the young UK singer Denai Moore. Talking about Tracey Chapman when listening to her soft folk songs must not be the most original thing to say but is indeed true. Sam Beam and his band Iron & Wine arrived later on stage and suddenly the world was a better place, such this guy is nice and takes care of his audience and his musicians. The band was impressive in quantity (13 people in total) but in quality as well, mixing tenderness and subtlety on one side of the stage (choir, strings) and groove and soul on the other side (great horns!). The band therefore succeeded in playing at the same time old familiar tunes and the new ones from last LP “Ghost on Ghost ” (click here for complete setlist).
But the real star/non-star of the show was for sure as always their leader Sam Beam. “star” as in “having a beautiful voice, being tremendously gifted for all kind of music and writing very moving songs”. “non-star as in “having no ego, interacting in a very friendly way with the audience and being overall a very humble guy”. The songs with the whole band were a real pleasure but I must admit that the best part for me was when Sam was playing on his own.
Thanks for such a nice show and attitude and see you next time.