I squeezed my way through a packed Mercury Lounge on Thursday night, attempting to get a glance of folk-turned-indie-electro artist, Handsome Ghost
. Even though I spent the night mostly on my tiptoes, it was worth it. The self-proclaimed "Indie-Prom" artist filled up the room with dreamy synths, electronic percussions, and impeccable echoed vocals.
The high school teacher-turned-musician, Tim Noyes, started off with songs mostly from his second EP, The Brilliant Glow
that came out this past fall. The Brilliant Glow
is much more electronic based than his previous work, with faster-paced electronic drumming, high-pitched vocals, and light and airy synths. During "Graduate," couples would swing back and forth to the repetitive poppy beat while singing "Tell me honey when we're gonna graduate."
The lyrics tell a descriptive love story, totally letting us sink into the plot.
Halfway through the performance, Noyes' band members walked off the stage, allowing him to soothe his audience acoustically for a couple of songs. He took this time to thank the audience for being part of their first-ever sold out show. He said, "We're very touched that you've come out...just know how much this means to us and know that we are never going to forget this." Humble and handsome? Check.
During this acoustic performance, Noyes played "Bloodshot," a song that is normally backed up with smooth keyboard synths, was this time stripped down to show off long vocal projections and heart-breaking melodies. He also played "Better Off," a gorgeous, slower track that will be part of his next album that will be released early next year.
Some of the highlights of the night was when the band played "Weight Of It All" and "Blood Stutter," both from their 2015 EP, Steps
. This EP contains warm electronic beats with touches of acoustic guitar. "Blood Stutter" was the last song that was performed, and was the first song Noyes ever wrote. The song, which earned over 13 million plays on Spotify, places a heavy emphasis on dreamy, story-telling lyrics, with 80's synths and echoed vocals that sooth the soul.
Every time I go to Mercury Lounge I have a great time. I always end up loving the performances, regardless of the crowd, and I always get a chance to thank the performer once they've packed up and gone around to the bar for a drink. By the time I wanted to greet Handsome Ghost, he was already taking photos with fans and discussing music with them. I almost didn't want to interrupt, but I did. Talking with him for just a short amount of time made me sure that he is as sincere and humble as he appeared onstage. Not only is he ridiculously talented, but also is thankful for the opportunities that he has worked hard to achieve. Handsome Ghost is the whole package.