Words by: Lindsy Carrasquillo
Photos by: Eliza Goldstein
Last Wednesday, I finished up my last class of the semester and made my way down to High Dive with some friends for the R.LUM.R show. I was happy to be walking in the cool Fall air and into a fun show where I could forget about the last minute studying I’d have to do in a matter of days for my upcoming exams.
Starting off the night was Wild Pines. Made up of singer-song writer Matt Stanland, he played a full band show, performing tracks off the 2016 EP, The Morning, along with the new single “Doing The Best I Can”. The band combines an indie pop sound with personal lyrics surrounding change and personal struggles.
Next up was the electronic R&B artist DVWEZ. Pronounced “Dames”, the Orlando based musican played as a two-piece with drummer Reid Casey. Her soft vocals and the vulnerability of her lyrics come together to bring theplush dreamy soundscape of her music to life, wrapping up her perfromances for 2017 and a warm send off for her move to New York.
I first discovered R.LUM.R’s music back in April during the Swamp Records 2017 showcase where I saw him perform in the foggy Across Town Repertory Theater to a packed crowd. Whether you’re a fan of pop and R&B or not, R.LUM.R continues to be an impressive act, it’s no wonder why he’s been featured on Spotify’s new music playlists and played on Jimmy Kimmel Live! His music is self-described as alternative R&B and he effortlessly mixes genres together from heavy synth driven tracks to songs that are more stripped down. The most impressive part of his performance is his vocal range with the ability to hit high notes without relying on vocal effects. His warm personality showed before his set even started as he stopped to dance with people in the crowd on his way to the stage. As soon as hit set started, the crowd moved and sang along to every song, making sure to cheer even louder every time he showed off his vocal range.