Sofar Sounds Buenos Aires - July 2014
It was a surprise that Jonny Kaplan was in the line-up: not a beginner as he holds a name and has toured through several countries over the last years, but one of these people that fit easily in any situation as a free soul that grabs the bottle of whisky between songs and shares a cigarette just to chat and remember a never ending party in the sunny coast of Spain.
Jonny first played some of his folk rock songs solo, then he found his top moments backed by another rhythm guitar and a melodramatic, profound cello. Supported by his charm and that fragile voice, he captured people’s hearts with When You’re Down, one of his newest songs -recently featured in a video clip with guest friend Daryl Hannah. “To shelter form the rain, to take away the pain” sang Kaplan in another song, Sweet Magnolia Flower, touching that kind of melancholic sense that Argentinians love.
The North American folk played by Kaplan was followed by the South American folk sounds performed by Triol, a band of three seeded in Buenos Aires that builds its music on candombe, samba rhythms, some jazz and the influential vocal style of Spinetta, one of the most relevant figures in Argentina. They made jokes, they included a string conformed by old keys in the percussion section and their female singer never gave up to smile as they connected with people through sympathy. “This is the ideal estate for a song” she said firmly with the spontaneous and easy wisdom someone finds when sharing a glowing moment in a beautiful atmosphere.
Yes, we were feeling good and comfortable. The house was big and warm and more important, there was enough wine. Ce Hache Respira, third band of the night, switched electricity to reggae and funk and rap and slowly took the audience to one particular inner but collective place. “Feel the scream” the singer expressed like a mantra, maybe trying to make people move and feel, maybe looking for a meaning after his little baby’s crying, who was present at daddy’s show but looked very quiet on mom’s arms. “Somos energía, somos movimiento” (we are energy, we are movement) he sang while people were standing and dancing and asking for another song.
Before the night ended one last surprise was revealed: some host’s friends confessed they were invited to celebrate their buddy’s birthday party, not knowing that a secret show was happening simultaneously. Applause for the magic, then.