Words by Nathan King
It's a sun sodden afternoon on Sunday 7th February in a secret garden down in Hallet Cove. I found myself here for the latest addition of The Porch Sessions with local legends Cosmo Thundercat, dream goddess Delia Obst and folk heart stealer Garrett Kato.
In keeping with tradition of The Porch Sessions, the location is kept secret, as these events are held in someone's humble abode. Much of what can be expected and desired of these regular events was well and truly present from bunting, Persian rugs and food trucks to most importantly some rather tasty tunes.
Starting off the late afternoon was Adelaide indie-folk/rock band Cosmo Thundercat, though as an acoustic two-piece with Anthony Callisto and David Mazzzarelli. Wasting no time they delivered a warm brew of folk-rock with their track 'Come On Up'. With a calling card chorus of the songs title and a smile inducing folk guitar riff it left me bemused as to why they were not the headline act of the evening. Most of their set was comprised of their 2014 self titled EP though the sleepy crowd were treated to some new material titled 'Warning Bells', which is still very much Cosmo's sound but with a slight Holy Holy twist to it. It should be noted that later in the set their rendition of The Beatles’ 'Norwegian Wood' was truly splendid.
Next to step up was Porch Sessions regular and a true local goddess, Delia Obst. Delia's set was divided in two, as the first half was primarily a solo affair and the latter she was joined on stage by Adelaide star Jesse Davidson and Michael Zubreckyj on drums and synth respectively. With her song 'Get Away' Delia's voice seemed to traverse the adjacent valley and sail the ocean forever, truly a beautiful moment. Davidson and Zubreckyj added drums and subtle synth to create a growing sound on songs like 'Pull/Push'. Sounding like Megan Washington at times and with a hint of Snakadaktal melancholic guitar, it was truly something special to see and experience her music live.
Concluding the evening was Canadian born, now Byron Bay local, Garrett Kato. Reminiscent of the love child of Bon Iver and Chet Faker, he took the stage solo with just his guitar and harmonica. Kato very much knew what style (both aesthetically and audibly) suited him best and he stuck to his proven formula. He consistently delivered his husky folk voice and plucked a few moody chords with tracks like 'Headlights'. The debate could be made that to a degree he has a way of creating and delivering his music that is not overly unique, yet is successful. However, his music very much suited the evening and technically he was strong.
For more porchy goodness over this Fringe period be sure to check out Porchland.