Providing the perfect soundtrack for an unseasonably cold and gloomy June night, Reuben Hollebon brought his solo acoustic set to the American stage for the first time at Rockwood Music Hall last night. Known for his engineer work with Courtney Barnett amongst others, the up-and-coming British singer/songwriter looks to break out as a solo artist. Last night’s eight-song setlist, if anything, proved that he is more than ready to step into the limelight.
With a vocal hybrid of Damien Rice’s whispering, Eddie Vedder’s screaming and Jeff Buckley’s falsetto, Hollebon’s singing oscillates between murmurs and yelps lightning fast, only to return to a soft whisper to echo the delicate Johnny Flynn-esque fingerpicking.
While Reuben Hollebon’s debut on Bright Antenna is still a ways away, the California label’s newest signee looks to have a big 2016 ahead of him. As his contemporaries Lucy Rose and Laura Marling have recently gone electric, Hollebon looks poised to lead British folk back to its acoustic roots.
While we wait for his full length debut out early next year, revisit last year’s “Faces” and check out Reuben Hollebon’s solo show tonight at Brooklyn’s Living Room.