A mellow piano made its way into a quiet Wednesday night. What’s usually a sweaty, wall-pounding weekend at Webster Hall was now filled with an ironic calmness. Suddenly, lights flashed, the beat dropped, and drove the unexpected crowd into a frenzy. Playfully, the music slid back down to the dreamy piano and vocals, before rising again with another flash - Marian Hill had arrived.
The duo, composed of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol, unveiled their ‘Act One Tour’ with ‘Down’ - the lead single off their debut album. Throughout the show, the tease was on. Sam’s sultry voice going back and forth with Jeremy’s minimalistic beats. But real fans know, a Marian Hill performance is incomplete without their signature sax. The duo surprised the crowd when Jazz musician Steve Davit took the stage to open up ‘One Time’ - the lead single off their 'Sway' EP.
The atmosphere got a little sentimental when we sang along to a mellowed out rendition of Whitney Houston’s 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'. But it wasn’t long until I realized myself dancing again, to the flirtatious ‘I Want You’ and ‘Got It.’
The momentum peaked when ‘sax man Steve’ got his curtain call, working black magic through an unexpected but flawless transition from ‘Whisky’ to ‘One Time.’ The show finally echoed out to the empowering “Boy I’m not the kind of drum you play one time.” Well, Marian Hill is definitely not the kind of show I’ll see one time.