Wednesday, May 30, 2012
On Point: Lee Fields live at the Echoplex
Lee Fields and the Expressions capped off a wild night at the Echoplex with a relentless set of old school soul that kept the crowd in thrall. He came, saw, dusted off his snappy gold shoes, and conquered. Backed by The Expressions, he burned through a set drawing largely on his last two releases, My World and Faithful Man, (on Truth And Soul), giving the crowd not only what they wanted, but what they needed.
As evidenced above and below, Lee Fields just does not quit. Of the show's highlights, above is "I Still Got It", from Faithful Man. Below, he perfects his strut & preen on "Money I$ King" from My World. Upon seeing these, it makes perfect sense why folks were so captivated with his breakout performance at this year's SXSW. In an age of TV karaoke talent shows, this gentleman is ready for Mt. Rushmore.
Naytronix features Nate Brenner from tUnEyArDs, holding down the opening duties. This project veered off on a hard danceable tip, ignoring chillwave and looking back to the rhythmic side of the New York No Wave explosion.
It was weird, kinetic, and utterly danceable. An EP is currently available, and they just signed with LA based Plug Research; an album will surely follow soon.
Cody ChesnuTT, journeyman new soul troubador, has been working the underground side of the street since early major label misadventures, and it has reflected well on his music, if not so much on his wallet. His monster bedroom project The Headphone Masterpiece and a cover of his song "The Seed" are what would ring a bell with most folks. His last release was an EP in 2010, Black Skin No Value and his future holds a full length entitled Landing On A Hundred, tentatively scheduled for this year.
All his skills were on display in the middle spot, and he got the behinds back on the floor. Highlight of the night was the jawdropping "No Turning Back", in which he channeled the spirits of Gil Scott-Heron and Donny Hathaway in equal measure. No superstar duets, just good old down home grooves, and songwriting that doesn't make you wince and grab your head. Who says they don't make them like that anymore.