I WAS THERE . . . Yoav at Piano’s 7/8/08
July 7, 2008
Yoav’s gig at Piano’s this past Tuesday, July 8th, helped me realize how truly beautiful and multifaceted the acoustic guitar really is when it’s in the right hands. He cradled it, tapped against it, drummed it, sang into it, and slid his fingers carefully up and down its neck as of it was his lover. It was absolutely romantic to watch this.
He played nearly all of the songs off Charmed and Strange, his debut album, plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Idioteque,” which was a good choice since I’d likened the wails on a couple of his songs to Thom Yorke. The small, intimate space at Pianos allowed his strumming and hollow beat sounds to cut the silent room of listeners, who could catch his every word. It was certain that all of the people in that room could feel what he felt. It was the most responsive audience I’d seen in a long time.