Dan McPeake reviews Coco Love Alcorn April 30,2015 Vancouver show.
It is not every night that one gets to hear a set of gospel tunes and set of semi-improvised jazz on a makeshift stage on the ground floor of a studio apartment in East Vancouver. By the same person. On a ukulele and a looper machine. Yet this is exactly what Coco Love Alcorn brought to her session at Backspace on Thursday, April 30.
While she is in the midst of recording her next album – The Spirit Sessions, due out in 2016 – Coco is travelling throughout BC and Nova Scotia playing small venues in many tiny towns across the west coast and the maritimes. For her, this was a great way to get back on the road after not touring for 3+ years as well as to let fans hear some teasers off her future album.
It is quite incredible what one woman with a ukulele can do. Given that there are a lot of Gospel elements infused in the spirit sessions, on many occasions throughout the night the audience became the choir, repeating joyous refrain after joyous refrain while sings held the high notes to infinity (and beyond). At times she sounded like Joss Stone, at others she embodied the soul of Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, among others. An extraordinary sound.
Read the full article here thanks to Dan McPeake: http://wildething.org/2015/05/02/coco-loves-to-play-with-her-spirit/