The Norman mans voice is a high, yearning one, perfect for injecting a sense of longing into a tune. He also had three female vocalists with him, and their vocals added a unique dimension to Winters sound. A drummer, hand percussionist, bassist and electric guitarist filled out the rest of the band, which gave Winters pristine, acoustic-led tunes heft.
Still, the vocal melodies and harmonies combined to be the best part of the set. If youre into gentle, mature folk-pop with a lot of vocals (i.e. Fleet Foxes, old-school Grizzly Bear or old-school Iron & Wine), youll be all about Winters beautiful music.
Parker Millsap, in stark contrast, featured just Millsap with a guitar, a stand-up bass, and a violin. The set also relied heavily on vocals, but in a completely different manner. The Purcell natives commanding rasp is an arresting, cant-turn-away phenomenon; its surprising to hear a voice with such presence and personality from someone so young.
The band supported him well, but the spotlight was firmly on Millsaps voice and storytelling. His tales of religion gone wrong (and occasionally sort of right) are gripping tales full of details and atmosphere; its a rare feat to match a fresh voice with a unique lyrical take, but Millsap has a line on both of them early.
His will be a name that you hear a lot in the next few years, because I believe hes a rare talent. Check his music out immediately. Stephen Carradini