Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pentatonix O2 Shepherds Bush, London (May 2014)


PTX

Pentatonix
My dream concert. These 5 are amazing performers, and are changing the game of mainstream pop and acapella. Inspiring the ears of choir nerds world wide as well as people who just love music. They are challenging how we listen to songs. I won’t go into their history since google exists and I strongly encourage you to discover them for yourselves.

Their arrangements of songs are pretty original, and at this point in their career they have developed a signature sound that helps them stand above the crowd. The three main vocalists, in the centre of the image, have clearly been performing together a long time as they say. Their voices blend like family, and their timing and shadowing of each others voices is flawless. Their bass and percussion voices really round out the trio and bring a whole new dimension to their covers and original compositions. If this is the vocal olympics they are the gold medalists, and the silver and the bronze.

The feeling I get when I watch them perform (live or via youtube) is too overwhelming to describe. But I can only liken it to that of a whole body mind soul soundgasm. You are flooded with a sense of happiness and love for both them and the musicality that pours out of them. It’s almost like that moment in ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ at the very end when they are driving through the tunnel and he says “in that moment we were infinite”. It felt like that, combined with this sense in the back of my mind that I was Beyonce and simultaneously fantasising about being up on stage with them (either being serenaded- like that one lucky girl during the concert) or actually having the chops to guest appear during their set. Imagine that with a massive smile slapped on my face and a fangirlly scream to add the to the many also screaming at them throughout the night. Overall I would hijack a hot tub time machine to go back and see them live again. I highly recommend you check them out and have a listen. You won’t regret it! 

And just to get you going here is one of my favourites of theirs- its a cover of a french song by Stromae called 'Papaouti' and also perhaps check out 'Natural Disaster' by them which is an original
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-571ffilpY 

Peace and Love xx



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