Live review from Underground 115:
1. A New Place
2. Good Friend of Mine
3. Worth Dying For
5. Watch The Sky
One Talent has traversed several musical styles in their journey from Canada to Hong Kong, and we’re told that this latest incarnation – a folky pop trio performing songs from a largely acoustic EP – will be just another stepping stone. On this night, the lineup was songwriter Konrad on tinsel-festooned keys, singer Bena on cajón, and third wheel Bill on guitar and general backbone.
The downscale, informal setup lent a comfortable living room vibe as the trio broke into A New Place, a lilting, groovy number something like Whitest Boy Alive fronted by a femme folk. Tempo was unsteady, but confidence levels were up. This carried through to the second and third tracks in which the beanie-clad Konrad presented us with his best Jason Mraz impression.
With Slo/Mo and Watch The Sky, affairs took a stylistic turn for the mega-mainstream. Wound-down, emotional introspection suggested the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé at their most earnest – rainy days and all that jazz. One Talent then wrapped it all up with a surprisingly happy-clappy closer which confirmed that while their creative and thematic scope may have limits, their enthusiasm does not.
– Brendan Clift