Show Review: Robin Bacior at Le Voyeur, Olympia, WA 9/20/11

words and photos by Heather Schofner | Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Robin Bacior’s debut EP Aimed For Night caught the attention of the New York folk scene in 2010, and her soon-to-be-released LP Rest Our Wings is doing the same. Fans of skilled lyricists with beautiful voices (think Regina Spektor, Jenny Owen Youngs, A Fine Frenzy) should definitely give it a listen when it comes out on November 1st. Her voice is clear and beautiful; her lyrics are the same.

A writer by trade, Bacior moved to Brooklyn from Northern California a few years ago to pursue a career in writing and music, as well as the place where the two intersect. For now, she’s on hiatus from her job as a music journalist to focus on music of her own creation. I was excited at the chance to catch her performance in my hometown of Olympia.

“The Robin Bacior Trio” played at Le Voyeur, a tiny dive that sells libations and delicious vegetarian food. Held on a Tuesday night and poorly promoted, the gig was sparsely attended, but that didn’t stop Bacior and her two band mates from putting on a great show. In true folksinger style, she chatted up the crowd in between songs, discussing tasty food, her adventures in Olympia that day, and her desire to discover the mysterious and magical Artesian Well of Olympia. She switched from acoustic guitar to the keys and back again during the course of her set, politely warning the audience to cover their ears as she transferred cables between instruments (it made a slightly unpleasant buzz). The performance was extremely intimate, as though we had a friend playing in our living room.

Bacior played several songs from her new album, as well as last year’s EP, and although it was the second to last date of her tour, there wasn’t a hint of weariness in her voice. I especially loved her performances of “Housewife’s Lament,” a sweet dreamy ballad, and “Man Before Me,” a song from the seven-inch she had available for sale at the show. She closed her set with the lead single from her LP, “Ohio.”

Afterwards, in a room full of locals chugging well drinks, she quietly sipped water out of a mason jar. She’s one of those people that emanates a quiet positivity. I think this talented, yet humble artist is one to watch — she’s on the rise, for sure. I can’t wait until she’s doing European tours and selling out theatre shows; I’ll tell the tale of the time I saw her at Le Voyeur and how we nerded out over the venue’s outrageously tasty french fries.

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