Last Saturday fans gathered on a drizzly evening to attend the Brooklyn stop of Tourist’s North American Tour. We were met with a line of eager attendees that went all the way down block. As we entered Gilligan Moss was already warming up the stage. I was previously unfamiliar with their music, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed their performance and I feel that they worked very well musically as an opener for Tourist. The Chicago based duo really got right into it. You could tell they were really having fun dancing on stage. Their songs included some live vocal selections accompanied by some eclectic synthy chords.
After Gilligan’s Moss’ performance there was a short intermission to swap out the equipment between sets, which is not uncommon for a live show. Shortly thereafter Tourist took the stage covered by mist of fog and bright blue lighting. I remember the first time I heard a track by Tourist. It was back in 2016 and I was listening to a random playlist on Pandora. At the time Tourist has just dropped his 2016 album entitled “U”. The track “For Sarah” came on and I was immediately drawn to his style. The song was very emotional and melodic, yet had its own laid back groove. I started looking into more for his tracks after that and discovered “Run” which was more upbeat and it really made me want to dance. Three years later I finally got the chance to attend his show at Kings Hall in Brooklyn on Saturday February 23rd and hear these tracks performed live by the man himself.
The show was everything I’d hoped it would be. The sound was great throughout the night. The vibe was great and the crowd was full of genuine fans. He started off with some uplifting pads and a whimsical melody. He slowly eased his way into a subtle progression of sounds. He played some tracks of his new album which were quite enjoyable. He saved his older tracks for the latter part of his performance. Just as we thought the night had concluded he played two more tracks for his encore. He played “We Stayed Up All Night” featuring vocalist Ardyn, which I was hoping to hear and finally another personal favorite “Run” was his closing track of the night at about 2am.
Lucky fans in Seattle will get to see him perform on the next stop on his tour at Neumos on February 26th followed by three other West Coast dates including the Noisepop Fesitval and CRSSD before his departure to Australia.
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