Last night, in a cold, wet, and sludgy Williamsburg, singer-songwriter Alice Boman, who hails from Malmö, Sweden, brought heartfelt ballads to Rough Trade NYC. A hushed acoustic set from Buffalo's Julie Byrne and a collection of atmospheric and haunting country-tinged ballads from Cassandra Jenkins preceded Boman's low-key headline set, setting the tone for a night of unfussy, vocal-driven, and emotive music.
Karen Gardiner for the Village Voice Alice Boman headlines Rough Trade NYC.
So sparse are Boman's songs that they almost feel not quite fully formed. Her first EP, originally recorded as a collection of demos that she did not intend to release, was called Skisser, Swedish for "sketches," and yet her delivery, intoxicating and filled with palpable yearning and heartbreak, makes it hard to believe that these songs could've stayed on the shelf. Standing alone in front of a keyboard — her sole musical accompaniment, which she said she had "just borrowed today" — Boman commanded the full attention of the kind of sizable room such a stripped-down arrangement could have easily been lost in.More »