Friday, May 20, 2011

Amor De Dias brings wispy, mellow sounds to the ArtsCenter

The duo Amor De Dias, Alasdair MacLean of The Clientele and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas, came to Carrboro last night for a short set of mellow, wispy tunes from their self-titled album Street of the Love of Days.

The duo is like polar opposites vocally. Núñez-Fernández is soft-spoken, almost a whisper, while MacLean has a powerful, full voice which he had to pull back a bit at times to sing harmonies. They complement each other beautifully.

They were accompanied by a cellist, who filled the role of bassist at times with her cello, providing an especially nice groove on "Late Mornings."

Banter was minimal, but MacLean did joke once that he made this album so he could have his music sold at Starbucks. It's a joke, but it would play well there.

A highlight of the set was "Harvest Time," which Clientele fans would recognize from the band's latest full-length Bonfires on the Heath. The song was originally written for Amor De Dias, and sounds brilliant played by both groups.

Unfortunately, the show suffered from low attendance, which is common this time of year after students from UNC leave town for the summer. Hopefully the group will come back when school is in and play for a much larger crowd. The ArtsCenter is a great space for them.

Set list
Bunhill Fields
House of Flint
Dream (Dead Hands)
Season of Light
Harvest Time
Late Mornings
Street of the Love of Days
I See Your Face

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