I’m a huge fan of both Luna and Galaxie 500 and it’s clear to me that after this length of time Dean Wareham has not only built up a fantastic back catalog of albums and songs, but still has the magic to create more. Singing alongside his enchanting wife Britta Phillips (who also played with Luna in its last few years), the melodies literally ran off the stage as the audience tried to catch them if only to hold on to the moment of bliss they were experience just a little bit longer. While they played songs spanning across their careers, their set was, in one word: lovely.
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I’ve seen Luna live a couple of times, but the small setting of Schubas really brought out Dean Wareham’s gentleness. Britta was at some times passionate as in the case of “You Turn My Head Around,” but overall just exhibited a real grace and sense of beauty that made you long for the song to continue just a little more. There’s a real sense of almost timelessness to them and a perfect space where homeostasis and harmonic balance is occurring. Their Velvet Underground-inspired music feels inspired even in it’s deepest melancholy. Britta’s bass playing and Dean’s guitar chords were also accompanied well by the keyboard playing of Lara Meyerratken who helped fill in the songs in a way that made them complete.
The real highlights of their approximately hour long set for me were the Luna tracks “Bewitched” and “Bonnie and Clyde,” the brilliant Serge Gainsbourg cover that closes out Penthouse. While the new songs off of their album Back Numbers hold up well with their past material, it hasn’t made its way into my heart as much as their debut L’avventura, but only perhaps because it needs some more time. The overall set was incredibly well balanced, though they didn’t play one of my favorite Dean and Britta songs to date, “Moon Shot.” However, I did really enjoy hearing “Hear the Wind Blow.”