Arrica Rose & the …’s, The Honey Trees, The Hotel Café, April 13, 2013
The Hotel Café, a comfortable venue within the wilds of Hollywood, was turned to a room of pure musical enchantment when Arrica Rose & the …’s and The Honey Trees were invited to perform on the same evening. This would be the Official Record Release Party for the dynamic new Arrica Rose EP entitled Lucky, and Ms. Rose brought a full on band to celebrate the occasion. Known for her wondrously inventive covers of Tragedy by the Bees Gees and Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles, it is surely the Arrica Rose originals that intrigue and captivate. Demonstrating why she is the one of the most vastly underrated singer / songwriters on the local Los Angeles music scene, Arrica Rose managed to secure an impressive audience, even under the auspicious shadow of Coachella also taking place at the very same time.
Prior to Arrica Rose and her wonderful band taking the stage, The Honey Trees from Sacramento and San Luis Obispo in CA opened the show with their magnificent dream pop compositions. It’s been awhile since the release of their 2009 recording Wake The Earth, and one could see that The Honey Trees were alive and very well, presenting a whole new collection of gorgeous songs to the early Hotel Café arrivals. A musical duo consisting of Becky Filip and Jacob Wick, The Honey Trees transport the listener into the stratosphere with their sweeping reveries. Becky Filip sings with a mystical sense of conviction, and even behind her keyboards, one feels the radiance of her exquisite vocals. Guitarist Jacob Wick is also performing a lot of the lead vocals, and his singing is just as stunning and vividly haunting. There should finally be a new album before the end of the year, but in the meantime, do what you must and visit the exquisite tapestries of The Honey Trees and prepare to be musically uplifted by their sweetly melancholic tunes.
And yes, somehow, someway, seven extremely talented musicians managed to pack the Hotel Café stage, namely Arrica Rose & the …’s. Opening the show with two songs from the previous full length album entitled Let Alone Sea, We Made Out Alright and If The World Won’t Bend served as a dazzling commencement – exploring the treasure of the past before presenting the newfound gems of the vibrant present. The new songs from Lucky were now beind unveiled live, starting with the smoky and seductive inflections of Without My Love. Before The Fade then followed, a wistful sonnet of longing that left an indelible impression within a live setting.
Arrica Rose channels such greats as Nancy Sinatra and Sarah McLachlan with the magnetic lyricisms of Joni Mitchell, and yet presents an imaginative style that is all her own. Such a lovely, expressive voice delivering the introspective lyrics with grace and passion. Ms. Rose’s extremely resourceful backup band included Lucky’s own producer Dan Garcia on piano and other instruments. The Hollywood night was transformed into something absolutely magical thanks to the timeless songs of Arrica Rise & the …’s. “Welcome to the future,” Arrica Rose sings cautiously on the intriguing I Wasn’t Done Dancing – expect nothing but bright and glorious days ahead for this engaging new artist! A vibrant live show that is not to be missed!
Lucky is now available on ITunes and on physical CD courtesy of the folks at pOprOck records!
(Review and Photos by Kenneth Morton)