Brooklyn’s Ace Reporter recently performed at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey at one of the venue’s final shows. Their set featured songs from their album Yearling, released in late February, and lead singer Chris Snyder’s voice mesmerized the crowd from the first to last note. Now, typically their ability to entertain would be a cause for celebration. However, after listening to their album on acereporter.bandcamp.com, it’s hard to decide which sound is superior: live or digital.
Yearling contains ten songs and each song differs from the next. “Bronze,” is slow and sexy, “Aesop,” is a Coldplay-meets-Imagine-Dragons track, while the groovy “Untouched and Arrived,” is a headbop worthy tune. This diverse quality frees listeners from other autonomous trends and enables them to fully appreciate the album. In addition to the various melodies, Ace Reporter features complex lyrics and wordplay in their song titles that not only draw listeners in, but establishes a fan base.
Still, the key difference between the album and live performance is the energy that Ace Reporter envelops the audience in. Chris Snyder’s voice alone is enough to swoon an audience, but his stage presence and interactions with the audience creates an intimate performance. Their live show was stripped from the very electronic sound that was featured online and sets a down to earth mood for all to enjoy. So, whether it’s digital or live, Ace Reporter has a sound to suit all ears.
Photographs courtesy of acereporter.bandcamp.com