Concert Review: SOHN and Mr. Little Jeans @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Torontonians are resilient people, not letting anything get in the way of what they wanna do. That would explain the packed Horseshoe Tavern on a gloomy Wednesday night to see SOHN. Or it could be because of his music as well.

A modest crowd was on hand for the opener, Monica Birkenes aka Mr. Little Jeans. Making her Toronto debut, Monica’s sheepish yet charming persona and childish exuberance set the endearing tone from the start. The hush vocals, although not to be underestimated for feather light, continued to modify based on the mood of the songs. You can get a preview of this interchangeability from her recently released debut, Pocketknife. On songs like ‘Good Mistake’, Monica channels her inner Nina Persson (The Cardigans) and then switching it up to heavier low tones on the famous cover of Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’, ala Lana Del Rey. The backing band assisted in the tight musicianship, with special shoutout to Jake, the drummer, whose animated head-bobbing to the songs was engaging Whoever was in the crowd certainly got their groove on.

Mr. Little Jeans
Ever catch yourself closing your eyes to internalize a song? Most in attendance shared that moment, as Christopher Taylor, better known, as SOHN, penetrated the sonic space with the beautiful ‘Ransom Notes’. The Vienna-via-UK singer-songwriter-producer has the striking falsettos with a silky resonance that have no intention of playing second fiddle to heady dubstep production. The evening did reach its orgasmic peak during an acappella version of the deliciously soothing ‘Tremors’. Keeping banter to a minimum, Taylor played through material from recent debut Tremors, with standouts such as ‘Bloodflows’, ‘The Wheel’ (personal favourite) and recent single ‘Artifice’. The army of synched strobe lights amplified the intimate feel of a mellow drum n’ bass show at underground club. Hope he can recreate the same feeling when Taylor plays bigger crowds on his future Toronto visits.

For a review of SOHN’s debut album, click here.

Nilabjo Banerjee | @nilabjo

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