It’s hard to describe Dean Wareham without using Dean Wareham, or his acclaimed and influential former projects in first band Galaxie 500 and the subsequently formed Luna for that matter. Though, It’s got to be said, that given his service to the art of music and his legacy, recently reinforced by way of his debut solo mini-album Emancipated Hearts, Wareham is somewhat deserving of bigger venues and a larger following. Contrastingly however, the quaint settings of the Church proved a very apt environment for his melancholic musings, brought to life in a venue so intimate you could just about make out his pick striking his strings in between the echoes of soothing tones being omitted from his amp.
Beginning with a duo of tracks from his latest release, including single ‘Love is Colder than Death,’ familiar are the warm, inviting chord sequences – but Wareham twins this with a distinct and more sincere vocal, different from the higher, breaking inflection he is synonymous with. The latter is aired soon after, as Wareham revisits the roots of his career-span, with ‘When Will You Come Home,’ from Galaxie 500’s career defining Today. With the track reaching it’s tail end, the White Light/White Heat era Velvet Underground-esque crescendo rings around the venue emphatically, something of an achievement given it’s a venue where sound can swirl, echo and generally be lost at every opportunity.
Beforehand, the Church is graced with the ambience of Jason Quever, under his moniker Papercuts. Quever, armed with his acoustic guitar, plays highlights from his numerous releases before the San Franciscan later rejoins the stage to make up Wareham’s band. Another familiar face in Britta Phillips takes her place to the right hand side of Wareham and the dream-like soundings ensue.