Only one word can be used to describe Timberwolf’s performance at The Garden last night – magic. Timberwolf, the folk/indie rock alias of Chris Panousakis, is a folk/indie rock singer and songwriter from Adelaide. With an angelic voice bursting with passion and emotion, a cracking sense of humour and a humble band alongside him, Timberwolf managed to connect with everyone in the room. Rocking a black skivvy and his hair pulled back while strumming fiercely on a red guitar, Chris led us through a number of exceptional tunes, and looked totally cool while doing so.
Last night was Timberwolf’s first performance debuting his new album Íkaros, created by drawing from different soundscapes and inspirations, not fitting for any particular genre. He explained to the audience that recording this album was a journey of finding enlightenment through vulnerability – and vulnerability was exactly what we heard on each track.
Stand out songs performed from Íkaros included ‘Jacaranda Sunsets’ a light, summer-dance tune, ‘Washed Out’, which highlighted his stunning vocal abilities, ‘Why Won’t You Love Me’, a raw and heartbreaking composition, and of course, the album’s title song ‘Íkaros’, a crowd favourite comprising of soothing verses and a catchy chorus.
Timberwolf and his band also covered Chet Faker’s ‘Talk is Cheap’, which had everyone’s hands flowing to the rhythm of each chord. By the end of his set, there wasn’t a still body in the room, with everyone swaying left to right in awe of Chris’ talent.
With captivating lyrics and an overwhelming sense of appreciation for everyone who came to his show, Timberwolf is a genuine and charming performer who we will be keen to see again in the future. It's clear from his new body of work, that Timberwolf is one of Adelaide's most talented performers and a rising star.
Star rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Header image via Timberwolf Music.