Live Review: Attia Taylor, Corey Carris-Duncan, Philadelphia, PA, July 7, 2022

On the eve of the release of Space Ghost, Attia Taylor returned to Johnny Brenda’s—the site of her first show so many years ago—to create a symphony of sound with looped beats and layers of her lovely voice.

She may have felt self-conscious about taking the stage for a rare solo set, but the audience could only feel the love and radiance swirling around the room and sparking through the music. Highlights included the songs that served as bookends, “Dog And Pony Show” and “Space Ghost,” as well as the atmospheric “Mildest Winter.”

Taylor’s Strange Parts bandmate Corey Carris-Duncan opened the show with a mix of old and new tunes built around guitar and drums, but he saved the best for last, ending his time by offering up a pair of joyous duets with his wife, Emily Carris. Whether covering Alessandro Alessandroni or singing an original about their shared passion for smoking weed, they weaved their voices together in a weirdly wonderful way.

—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich

Corey Carris-Duncan