On April 2, Krankies Coffee hosted three musical acts in their warehouse-turned-café space in downtown Winston-Salem. First up was Ships in the Night, the moniker of Alethea Leventhal.
Her voice floating over the crowd gathered, the Virginia native treated her audience to a set of dark, ambient electronic vibes. The brooding quality of her music paired with her haunting, ethereal voice could not be more different than the sweet, smiling young woman that thanks her audience between each song; it is apparent that, when performing, Leventhal is in her element as she rustles her hair and leans into each breathless tone.
Most of her performance consisted of songs from her eponymous EP “Ships in the Night,” which is available for streaming on Bandcamp.
Following Ships in the Night was Mauve Angeles, a dramatic performer who describes his music on Soundcloud as “DIY, experimental lo-fi electro gaze.” The crowd was enthralled with his escapist lyrics and engaging stage presence. At one point during the show, Mauve Angeles even went so far as to leave his position up on the stage and join his fans gathered at the front of the platform.
He held the mic out to specific audience members and joined in their dancing, making for a show that felt communal and involved everyone present.
For those interested in another opportunity to see Mauve Angeles live, he will be performing at Single Brothers Bar on April 17 as part of Winston-Salem’s own music festival, Phuzz Phest.
The final act for Krankies that evening was Miracles, a Raleigh-based band that readily claims their dad-rock-with-a-saxophone aesthetic.
Bringing a lighter, synth rock feel to shows across the Southeast, the three men of Miracles impressed this evening’s Krankies audience with their sincerity and wit. They readily engaged in easy, genuine on-stage banter both with one another and those in the crowd.
This sense of humor and honesty carried over into their music as well, lyrically establishing a lighthearted touch while maintaining musical integrity.
This happy-go-lucky style serves to disguise heavier subject matter. Miracles’ debut EP “PrismBrain,” and thus much of their live performance, explores a band member’s account of the end of a marriage and the dynamics it produced, including a 3-year-old son. Balancing what could easily become serious lyrics with a cheerful, synth rock style suggests an attitude of optimism.
This outlook becomes even more apparent when interacting with the band members themselves; they are passionate about their music, their audience and their lives.