Portishead – Roads (Live at Roseland NYC)

This is one of my favorite live videos. It’s from Portishead’s 1998 live album Roseland NYC Live, and features the New York Philharmonic string section contributing to one of the best tracks from the band’s classic debut, Dummy. The concert seems as unpretentious as I’d expect and hope from Portishead, and Beth Gibbons seems absolutely despondent, which I find appropriate. My favorite moment is after her second “How can it feel this wrong?” in the second chorus, when the melody changes very shortly, then the strings ascend beautifully and tragically, and the bass plays a very short, funky little descending line leading back to the tonic. It’s fantastic.

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