In a circle of warmth with a mesmerising hum of the harmonium, Felix Riebl and his band take us to a place altogether distant from the cobbled lanes of Richmond.
Well known in the Australian music community, Felix is a familiar face from his years fronting the Cat Empire. Having recorded his debut solo album “Into the Rain” at Sing Sing Studios nearby, we gather in the alley with Felix and his band of talented musicians (many of whom appear on the album).
Transforming the laneway into a candlelit setting lyrically fitting, themes of light flicker in the night as the sound of the sitar immediately transports us into an eastern soundscape.
Being influenced by Springsteen in his early years, Felix is at home as a story teller. Steering album track “Helen” into “I’m On Fire”, both songs tackle the subject of a burning desire. As the snare chimes in on the transition, the two songs meet in perfect harmony with Helen providing a new perspective on the Springsteen classic.
Backed up by Ben Edgar on guitar, Ryan Monro on double bass, Roscoe James Irwin on harmonium, Kumar Shome on sitar, Felix’s performance provides us with a beautifully calm and golden moment.