Live Nation Presents: Morcheeba at The Danforth Music Hall (Friday May 23, 2014)

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The velvety chocolate milk smooth voice of Skye Edwards romanced the eager Toronto crowd at The Danforth Music Hall last night.  It’s been awhile since Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey (Paul Godfrey was missing in action) has been in our neck of the woods. With what being the last night of their North American tour they were sure to serve us a nostaljia laden set with a DJ and full band as back up.

Coming out of a trip hop scene that boasted the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky in the late 90’s; Morcheeba were a lil less intense than their counterparts.  Tending to dwell on trip hoppy heavy beats but instead doused in lazy country meets alterna styling’s – their sound was indeed chill out without the pretension.

Skye donning her own home made black and white striped bustle dress, PVC trousers and heels that we girls would never leave the house in.  Skye nuzzled us ever so softly with tunes that left ripples of shivers and goose bumps throughout their one hour and a half set.  It is hard to not be mesmerized by Skye’s stage presence and her subtle yet commanding petite frame.

A few times during the show both Skye and Ross were certain to say humble thank you’s for the attendance.  They were almost in disbelief that Toronto garnered such a grand and enthusiastic crowd.  In those moments it’s hard not to beam pride that the humility of such a well traveled and worked band still exists.  Lord knows, they’ve had their challenges.

‘Some people like our music because it reminds them of their youth and getting high’, said Ross just before he pounded out a rousing tribute to Bowie with ‘Let’s Dance’.  For a moment, I thought I was at my Grade 8 dance – but a Grade 8 dance I only dreamt of attending as a pre-teen.  There was a lot of fun being had by my fellow concert attendees.

Musical snapshots of joy were brought to us courtesy of  ‘Make Believer, Part of the Process, The Sea, Gimme Your Love, Shoulder Holster, Trigger Hippie, Blindfold, Release Me Now and Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day’.

At one point during the encore a guy standing beside me said ‘Remember when we were kids and saw this band?   It was almost like we were standing in a haze of weed!’.  Agreed.  I had to giggle.  It was pretty cool to see a lot of 40 something’s in the crowd keen to reacquaint themselves with their 20 something selves and shake it without abandon on a Friday night just like we used to.


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