After a break to rest those tired feet and catch up on writing, we stepped into Bethell Hall in St. David's Episcopal Church to watch Talking to Turtles and Mother Falcon.
German twee-pop duo Talking to Turtles performed charming tunes that relied heavily on hummable melodies, romantic lyrics and twinkling arrangements. The eclectic array of unusual instruments and configurations ensured that the set was full of surprises. The resonant hall elevated the strength of these tunes, much to the audience's delight. After a full day of rock'n'roll, it was a wonderful surprise to be treated to some delicate, considerate tunes. The male singer often took lead, but the female singer sung true counterpoint instead of simple harmony; it was just as interesting to listen to her vocal lines as it was his. I thoroughly plan on finding some of their music when I get home from SXSW; the melodies and lyrics were moving and memorable.
One member of Mother Falcon joked that the band was probably as tired as we were at their 1 a.m. set, as it was the fourth performance of the day for them. Despite the herculean effort required to get 18 people to four different places on time in the same day, they showed no signs of fatigue while performing a majestic set. The resonance of the hall only added to the towering quality of their songs; it truly sounded like an orchestra performing instead of a folk band with orchestral arrangements. They played four or five songs that they weren't able to fit into the previous set of theirs that I saw, and I was thoroughly glad I saw them a second time because of that. I will echo my previous recommendation: if you like strings or horns in your music, you need to know Mother Falcon. It was a beautiful way to end the very long day.