Last Night Jeremy Enigk Probably has a Better Voice Than Most People Who Attempt to Sing
posted by January 17 at 12:48 PMon
The man is exceptional. While his entire catalogue (including work with Sunny Day Real Estate, his work with Fire Theft, and his solo material) can be either a magnificent hit or cringe-worthy miss with me, his voice remains to be one of the most compassionate and powerful.
He’s not flaunting it—it comes out cleanly and naturally. He’s not tainting it with unnecessary flair or inflection. It’s raw and it’s huge and he’s humble and coy, and that makes it even better.
“Guitar and Video Games”
After 45 minutes of a so-so set of old and new solo material at Chop Suey last night, a crowded showroom begged him to come out and play more. They cheered for minutes—many minutes—and I wondered if he’d return. Then he did.
“I honestly feel like I don’t deserve it,” he stated into the mic, sincerely surprised that the crowd called him back “But thank you so much.”
At last night’s show he announced he just finished recording his new solo record in Spain. He’s unsure of the release date, but he’s excited about the songs. He played a few, he said one was “inspired by Gram Parsons. I’m sure you can tell.”
He said that the problem with Sunny Day lyrics is that “they’re like novels,” he said playing the old material again “felt strange,” and he said it was hard being up there “without a band.” Then he said “I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time.”
“The Rising Tide”
It wasn’t the best set—it wasn’t like when he played the same venue two nights in a row over a year ago for New Year’s Eve 2006. Then he was flawless and performed for over and hour with and without a band. Last night’s performance was more quaint, less rehearsed.
But he did deserve that encore. He deserved it for playing last night, and for the last 15 years of being an exceptionally talented and compassionate songwriter. And for continuing to be so, after hearing a couple of the tracks last night, I’m really looking forward to his new record.
(Update: It’s now the correct video posted. Duh. Sorry about that.)