XPN Welcomes: The Amazing

XPN Welcomes: The Amazing

Market East

Tue, January 15, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Amazing
The Amazing
The Amazing fell far from the tree. A natural process: slowly crystallizing into a collective – pushing, bending, then playing with any preconceived notions of pop.

When a band takes a name like The Amazing, they'd better have the chops to back it up. Happily, this Swedish outfit – a collective headed by Reine Fiske and singer-songwriter Christoffer Gunrup – are masterful enough to take that mantle on.

As friends first and foremost, it's the band's kindred spirit that imbues the album with a feeling unlike that of most releases – one of natural harmony, persistent progression, and with a panoramic gaze fixed on distant settings.

Gentle Stream is widescreen, panoramic, horizon-reaching stuff. An elegantly constructed record of moody psychedelic majesty; it comes with a great dose of CSNY-style Laurel Canyon bliss. Its nine songs clock in at a luxurious 50 minutes, during which astral guitars intertwine in serpentine solos, horns blast rainbow melodies, and Gunrup's flute-like voice floats elegantly over the sunset sounds.

Nothing is introverted or overworked – between the natural melodies and soulful vocals, everything is kept in perfect balance. Gentle Stream is a feeling, an organic consequence of something that effortlessly came together.

Completing the line-up with Fredrik Swahn, Alexis Benson, Johan Holmegard, and highly rated jazz drummer Moussa Fadera, The Amazing recorded their LP in Stockholm, Sweden, and plotted their path in this incredible unison. There are countless stories to be told, including playing a show for the Swedish Royal Family and Pink Floyd, where audience member Roger Waters appreciatively caught a bouquet thrown by the band during a standing ovation. This mysterious band holds one principle dear to their hearts: "The music speaks for itself".
Market East
Market East
It's an interesting time to be a music fan. There seems to be a rift between the artist and the observer these days. Relatability in music as a whole feels like yesterday's news, and the appreciation for honesty is an archaic concept. C'est la vie I suppose. There are, however moments in which a band is assembled where under any pretense you can close you eyes and feel yourself surrounded by friends, surrounded by love and mutual respect and truly listen, an art unto itself. I am humbled to have met Market East under precisely these conditions and the warmth of their particular brand of truth has resonated with me since the first time I heard Genevieve.

With all the charm of early Kevin Ayres, but maintaining that pure Americana of the Beach Boys and the Cascades, Market East captures the naivety of youth with the heart strong compassion of a long lived man. With their strong influences from you're early Bobby Darin, Ritchie Valens genre, one finds themselves surprised when none of their girls die in a classic car on a long lost highway. However, despite the classic influence, the lyrical direction of their songs is rich and modern, uniquely contemporary.

I would like to introduce you to my friends, Kurt, Max, and Vincent. They are Market East. I hope you find them at a period in your life of great openness to yourself and to the love that can only be captured on a jangly guitar and three part harmony.

-William Randall
Venue Information:
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107