I've been a huge fan of Sapling for a while now, and as much as I loved their albums (both 2020's No Sequoia and this year's amor fati are both spectacular), but there's just something about their live show that can't quite be captured in a studio. This week saw the release of Live on WMFO 91.5 FM Medford, which captures Sapling's first time performing live on the radio. It's a very loose recording that includes "mistakes" that actually add to the listening experience. It contains all of the fun that comes from seeing Sapling, albeit minus the visual props, paint, confetti, glitter, and anything else that might come out of Amber ToiletFire Tortorelliu's clown box. There is a lot of more improvisation in these songs, some great in between song banter, and changed lyrics to accommodate FCC regulations that end up being hilarious in a "stranger in the Alps" kind of way. This is a fun performance and release from one of our local favorites.
You can listen to the live on WMFO version of "11:37" below. Live on WMFO 91.5 FM Medford is available now through Bandcamp for the "name your price" option. If you do choose free, be sure to give Sapling a follow on Facebook and Instagram.