Concert Review: Tom Misch
As the rain slowly died down to a drizzle, the sold out crowd at Mohawk this past Wednesday anxiously waited for multi-instrumentalist, Tom Misch to enter the stage. Fans with or without rain ponchos stood together in the outside venue eager to listen to his beautifully syncopated fused hip-hop and jazz acoustics. The British musician approached the stage after a few moments of atmospheric beats accompanied by the intense smell of rainy smoke creeping around the stage and out into the crowd.
By Berkley Moates
Photography by Alec Marshman
Beginning with the essential groove, “It Runs Through Me”, off of his recent album, Geography, Misch warmed up the crowd with his instinctively classy voice. This beat simply commands you to bop with the stranger standing beside you. In fact, every one of Misch’s songs conveyed an instrumental base that swayed the audience to vibe along with him for the entirety of the show. The band members and Misch seemed to play on stage as their consistent, teasing eye contact helped show off their personality as a band. The songs in the set, “Movie”, “Lost in Paris” and “You’re on My Mind”, purely seduced the audience. With Misch’s loving vocals and soothing acoustics, it’s difficult not feel deeply affected by the groove.
When listening to Misch, you can’t avoid talking about his outstanding rhythmic talent. As a musician skilled in more than one discipline, Misch is able to create a unique blend of hip-hop, jazz, and R&B styles to his work. Characterized by his poignant jazz guitar rhythms, Misch delivered much more Wednesday night. His performance left the audience energetic and warm, despite the steady drizzle, as he finished his encore with a genuine appreciation for the crowd’s support throughout the night.