Earlier this year, members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, and Wye Oak embarked on a short tour celebrating The Byrds co-founder Gene Clark. Over the course of four dates in late January, the all-star collective performed Clark’s 1974 album No Other note-for-note. Today, Pitchfork has unveiled a full concert recording of the January 25th finale at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. Watch it below.
Spanning 50 minutes, the eight-song event featured a rotating cast of frontmen, including Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, and Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention. Taking on a vibe resembling that of an epic jam band, the set captures a certain kind of rarity and a rather spontaneous element, as if you can literally trace how the various elements attempt to blend and meld together.
Musically, the outfit maintains the album’s core spirit, leading to moments ranging from sweeping psych-folk to the more quaint and quiet ballads. Each frontman brought a bit of his own magic, though, as Leithauser was more of a showman, while Pecknold played the role of delicate crooner. Despite all the indie star power, the evening’s focused remained firmly on Clark, a kind brilliant and romantic love letter to a collectively beloved musician.
The rest of the band’s lineup included Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, along with members of Lower Dens, Cass McCombs’ band, Celebration, and Mt. Royal.
Each performance also featured a screening of a new documentary on Clark and No Other, entitled The Byrd Who Flew Alone. Watch a trailer for the documentary here.
No Other Tour – January 25th, 2014 Setlist:
01. Life’s Greatest Fool
02. Silver Raven
03. No Other
04. Strength of Strings
05. From a Silver Phial
06. Some Misunderstanding
07. The True One
08. Lady of the North