I Am Kawehi
March 19, 2014 6:09 AM   Subscribe

Well, that was pretty awesome.
posted by kyrademon at 6:40 AM on March 19, 2014

Wow, I wish I was half as talented.
posted by drewski at 6:48 AM on March 19, 2014

Amazingly talented woman. I've been listening to her for a long time and never cease to be amazed at how she can rework a song.
posted by tg72657 at 7:34 AM on March 19, 2014

My favorite of her live. Monster Mash
posted by Nellee at 7:36 AM on March 19, 2014

I helped Kickstarter her previous album, and it was amazing.
Her live-loop cover of Britney Spears's "Criminal" is haunting.
posted by LEGO Damashii at 7:38 AM on March 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

I have a soft spot for musicians who loop; I think combining the acts of multi-track production and live performance is a brilliant and captivating thing. If good actors are equivalent to good musicians, good loopers are equivalent to good stand-up comics, crafting and iterating a composition that is deeply imbued with the personality of the performer, and which appears casual and fluid but only because of significant preparation and underlying structure that cannot be carelessly deviated from without bringing down the whole. It is like a cooking show where the audience is there to be entertained but also to eat, and they will have no patience for you if you fail to deliver the promised meal in a reasonable time and so offer something else that you throw together quickly, or that you throw out and start again. Looping is a fragile but powerful craft.

Having said that, it helps when you have a voice that stands alone as a captivating instrument, and she has that as well.

I guess I'm a fan. Thanks for sharing this.
posted by davejay at 7:57 AM on March 19, 2014 [2 favorites]

wow - she's good and makes it look easy...
posted by xammerboy at 8:08 AM on March 19, 2014

When will she do a duet with Reggie Watts?
posted by twsf at 10:03 AM on March 19, 2014

If you like this kind of looping stuff, you might like THePETEBOX, who covers alt rock songs with a guitar and beatboxing, or some of Howie Day's live stuff, where he really shines on the layered looping near the ends of his songs.
posted by hootenatty at 10:04 AM on March 19, 2014 [2 favorites]

Amazing! I love looping musicians.
Andrew Bird is one of my all-time favourites, like a one-man string quartet.
posted by tybeet at 10:51 AM on March 19, 2014

Nellee: "My favorite of her live. Monster Mash "

Squee! for being hilarious and charming and smart.
posted by desuetude at 11:19 AM on March 19, 2014

It took me a minute to realize what she was doing -- I hadn't known about looping as part of the performance of a song. I didn't know it was a thing. Amazing -- both her and those links. Thank you, mefites!
posted by Mogur at 11:45 AM on March 19, 2014

Dammit Nellee, you had me all ready for a Bobby "Boris" Pickett cover...

Old. So, so, so old.
posted by tspae at 1:54 PM on March 19, 2014

This seems obligatory only because it hasn't shown up here yet. I could watch these kinds of performances all day long.

A long time ago I went to a Microsoft gaming conference near the birth of the music technology they built for gaming (DirectX Music/DirectMusic) and they featured a guy who'd built a sort of hybrid sampling/performance software solution for his own performance who did just a snippet of this live in front of a bunch of T-shirted geeks. It was really awesome - totally outpaced by the purpose-built hardware available at the time, but he did it with the same engine that would later let music shift from "Foreboding" to "Triumphant" seamlessly within lots of Xbox and PC games. I often wish I remembered that guy's name.

Moar live sampling compositions plz.
posted by abulafa at 2:38 PM on March 19, 2014

Welp! Just spent an hour with her music...wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
posted by michellenoel at 7:53 PM on March 19, 2014

This original song by Jonny Wright had always been one of my favorites
posted by Static Vagabond at 8:59 PM on March 19, 2014

More Kawehi!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:01 AM on March 20, 2014

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