It's official: autumn is in full swing, the &Union canopy tent has deemed it so. And what a difference a piece of tarp makes, completely transforming the acoustics in the courtyard and creating a pleasant listening experience and platform for Somerset West native Julian Bach to showcase his solo material.
The customary Ray Ban frame is moved to the right of the stage and serves as a welcoming prop for various inebriated photo ops as Bach took centre stage.
Unlike his work with his old band Heldervue, Bach's new material is introspective and displays a large degree of maturity both lyrically and vocally. It's almost as though – with his new offerings that are obviously very dear to him – he's made the conscious decision to stop messing around.
Wild West natives Nick Frost and Bach's brother Neil, join in halfway to assist him with his new tracks and the near pitch-perfect vocal harmonies between Frost and Bach are a welcome surprise.
On this night, &Union's 9 o'clock musical curfew comes too soon.