- What I've Seen
- Contact High
When talented young singer-songwriter Allen Stone takes the stage, the number of players in his band varies to fit each situation. So it was our good fortune to have all eight members in attendance to perform live in the KEXP studios this past November. The group sounded fantastic right out of the gate in "What I've Seen," with its soulful, funky organ groove and punchy horns. Reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, Stone's voice is a blast from the past — world-weary yet fresh. He sings so clearly and powerfully that it's hard to believe Stone is only in his early 20s. He may be young, but he has sincerity and charisma to spare.
Stone's huge smile is ever-present, and his stage presence is magnetic and electrifying. As the band segued into "Contact High," with a jazzy sway punctuated by horns and plunky piano, the wallop of Stone's vocal talent was on full display, ranging from lofty high notes to deep, gritty growls. The songs in the band's live set, as well as on Stone's self-titled album, showcase his range and engaging voice in many ways.
The band closed its set with "Satisfaction," one of my favorite songs from the new record. It's an energetic and irresistible show-stopper that I'm sure keeps crowds dancing at Stone's live shows. It'll be exciting to see where his radiant spirit and incredible talent take him.