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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Morcheeba at MusicBox Los Angeles 3/6/11

On a March night just down the hill from the Hollywood sign, Morcheeba graced the stage of the MusicBox Theatre. Supporting their latest release "Blood Like Lemonade," the band brought an ample supply of their sultry trip-hop grooves and beats, from London with love.

Having morphed over the years through members, the original core line-up has reunited; bringing the brothers Paul Godfrey (beats & scratches), Ross Godfrey (guitar/keyboards), and Skye Edwards (vocals) - together the for first time since 2002's "Charango." With the stage lights coming up - Sky illuminated the MusicBox with her personality, presence and a dress made out of red feathers and hair in a stylish mohawk.

Opening the night was a near-whispered performance of "The Sea"  from their Big Calm album. Floating from song to song and entrancing the audience along the way, Morcheeba covered their most memorable tunes from "Big Calm," "Who Can You Trust" and "Charango," as well as an ample selection from their new release "Blood Like Lemonade." In good form: the tunes had a very zen & sexy feel - never letting the audience down or missing a groove, while Skye's entrancing and sultry vocals further immersed the audience in their spell.

High points included "Otherwise," "Part of the Process," and by way of a special treat for the local audience: a rendition of Arlo Guthrie's "Coming into Los Angeles." This added a closeness akin to having friends play you a concert for your birthday. Skye and Ross were relaxed and lighthearted in their repartee with each other and the audience between lush and seductive songs.

With an upbeat topping on the desert of the evening, their encore closed with Fragments of Freedom's "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day." All in all, a really good show - better yet, an amazing show to bring a date to...

1) The Sea
2) Friction
3) Otherwise
4) Never An Easy Way
5) Even Though
6) Coming Into Los Angeles (Arlo Guthrie cover)
7) Part of the Process
8) Blood Like Lemonade
9) Slow Down
10) Crimson
11) Trigger Hippy
12) Beat of the Drum
13) Blindfold
14) Be Yourself
15) Rome Wasn't Built In A Day

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