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Her Space Holiday @ The Echo, 5/7/09

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It is always unnerving as a fan when an artist you like experiments with his genre. We always want them to ride that line between doing something new and different and changing their sound completely. We want something fresh, but also something we can recognize. So when an artist jumps genres, we get nervous. Don't get me wrong, experimentation is essential for any sort of artistic growth to occur. We don't want to hear the same song over and over again or even the same album twice, but at the same time we worry about the unknown. Will it be a successful leap like Nelly Furtado's foray into dance pop? Or will it crash and burn like Garth Brooks' disastrous attempt at reinvention as Chris Gaines?

Her Space Holiday (otherwise known as Marc Bianchi) made the leap with his latest album XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival in which he changes his sound from the light synthetic, electronic pop of his previous five albums and ventures into the world of alt-country and folk. Which meant when he took the stage at the Echo a couple weeks ago, he was joined on stage by a full bodied band. There were two drummers, two guitarists, a keyboardist, and a bassist and no synthesizer in sight. A drastic change from a few years ago, when Bianchi did his shows solo with just a laptop and a synthesizer to back him up. It takes a brave musician to completely change his life show and take a step into the unfamiliar. For which we give him full marks for bravery.