Yuna, Jarell Perry | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. 2014
Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna makes delicate, detailed music that would fit comfortably alongside guitar-based Western indie pop a la Feist and Vampire Weekend and light Top 40 rock a la the Lumineers and Fun. Last year’s Nocturnal (Verve) begins with some familiar sounds: on “Mountains” Yuna plays sparse, chilly guitar reminiscent of the XX, and on “Lights and Camera” she uses a stuttering vocal sample that recalls the likes of Purity Ring and Keepaway. As the record progresses, though, these indie-friendly sounds gradually yield to laid-back R&B and airy radio pop—but because every track has Yuna’s gorgeous, breathy vocals and euphoric, tightly written melodies in common, the transition barely feels like a transition. The singing is definitely what makes the best songs great: the lighter-than-air sung-and-whistled hook on “Come Back” manages to be catchy, easygoing, and uplifting all at the same time. —Leor Galil Jarell Perry opens.



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