MANILA -- Indie acts Tom Misch and Vancouver Sleep Clinic made their Philippine debut to a capacity crowd last August 23 at the ABS-CBN Vertis North Tent in Quezon City for Karpos Live Mix 2.1.
The night started with a performance by local R&B band, Nathan and Mercury, whose set was filled with songs moving from funk to slow jazz with the leader singer’s vocals eliciting positive reactions from the amped up crowd.
VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC
There was a quiet drama to the set of Vancouver Sleep Clinic. Tim Bettinson’s vocals ranged from effortless falsetto to almost rapping in some songs.
A stripped-down performance, with no graphics in the background, the set utilized strobe lighting and various light effects during to get an almost dreamy effect.
Newly freed from a label, the artist showcased new songs like "Beautiful Twilight" that had an almost reggae vibe; "In the End," a beachy summer song; and the dramatic "Closure," among others.
One of the highlights was a cover of Drake’s "Don’t Matter to Me," which had the crowd singing and dancing along.
Tom Misch’s performance was highly anticipated, as was apparent from the chanting heard before he went on stage, as well as the crowd’s reaction to his songs.
It was a glorious singalong again for those who attended the concert, which seemed to surprise Misch, who went, “Wow Manila!” during a porition of “I find myself keep on coming back to you.”
Misch’s music is dreamy and romantic -- attributes very much in display in songs like "Movie," that even featured an live spoken word piece by Misch sister, Polly Misch, as its prologue.
Looping was also a big part of the set, with Misch doing an improvised looping piece, pre-facing the song with “This is the part that I’m going to do a little jam in my guitar, and let’s see what’ll happen.”
Misch also performed a cover of the Stevie Wonder song, “Isn’t She Lovely” to the delight of the crowd who sang along to the tune.
There was also spontaneous hands-up-waving-up-in-the-air in songs like "Crazy Dream" and "South of the River."
With passionate chanting of “We want more,” the Karpos Live Mix 2.1 crowd welcomed Misch back to the stage for an encore, singing three more songs.
"Lost in Paris" was a scatting delight for the crowd, humming along to music, followed by a heartfelt rendition of "Follow." Misch ended his set with the soulful Watch Me Dance, a song about memories—a fitting end to a concert that will be well-remembered.
The next Karpos Mix Live event, Karpos Mix 2.2, is set for October 6, featuring homegrown acts Ben & Ben, and Clara Benin.