Singer-songwriters Meg Braun and Ari Scott shared a set at Cafe 111 in Brooklyn last night as part of promoter Dan Hermanâ€™s Radio Crystal Blue showcase. The two have very differerent voices, but blended surprisingly well when they accompanied each other. Highlights of the set were Braunâ€™s â€œOhio Wind,â€ a fine folk-pop number, and Scottâ€™s â€œFortunate One,â€ a ghostly electric-piano waltz reminiscent of Jefferson Airplaneâ€™s â€œLather.â€
It was great to hear Meg do her own material after having worked with her in Kevin So’s band. She combines very strong pipes with a fluttery Judy Collins vibrato, while Scottâ€™s more conversational, vibrato-free style lights up her quirky, sometimes humorous, often haunting material.