Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mark Lemaire and Twilight Review

Back for the second time, Mark Lemaire and Twilight gave a lovely performance on Friday night at The Buttonwood Tree. With a new album on its way, the duo had many songs to share with their audience. Although the mature audience was well-suited for the refined lyrics and composure of the duo, Mark Lemaire and Twilight's indie folk sound seemed entirely ageless. The most outstanding sight of the evening was Lemaire's interesting guitar style – a kind of “slap n' tap.” The words to explain the style are beyond me, but I would recommend any and all to witness Lemaire play. With a smooth blend of instrumentals and vocals, Mark Lemaire takes the lead supported by Twilight's sweet-sounding harmonies. The magnetic connection between the musicians was virtually tangible from my seat. Mark Lemaire reminded the audience how folk music is community-centered and enjoys playing at venues like The Buttonwood Tree. On folk music, Lemaire says, “a lot of people want this music, but don't know it exists.” It is through shows like Friday evening's where folk music is brought back to the people. The story-telling vibe of the performance was accompanied by a sound that even college-age students would find appealing. This California duo's music enchants listeners with an unceasing passion and cohesiveness that I have very rarely seen in pairs. Any guest of The Buttonwood Tree should pick up Mark Lemaire and Twilight's new album, which comes out this autumn.

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