First taste of new album. BIG Instrumental (emphasis on mental). I have been making some very weird noises humming/screeching along to this. Love.
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His name may not have instantly stood out on the impressive 6Music Festival billing earlier this year, but after seeing Kiran Leonard’s performance online, I was keen to catch him at The Waiting Room on Friday.
As a performer, he has an off-kilter charm - he pulls as many faces as he plays instruments (22 on his debut album apparently) and his voice roams freely and easily from casual crooning to frenzied shrieks. His songs seem clever, but not too clever, and you had to get your head around some complex rhythms/time signatures and genre hopping, but it was really easy to go along for the ride. Oh and it was lovely and loud, just how I like it.
His youth is part of his appeal (unbelievably, he wrote ‘Dear Lincoln’ at the ripe-old-age of 14) but I can only hope that someone with his nerdy level of talent will keep it fresh and interesting.
Check out his guest mix for Tom Ravenscroft while you can. Worth a listen. And Londoners can see Kiran and his very talented four piece band again on Friday 18 July at The Sebright Arms. Book your ticket at :http://www.wegottickets.com/event/270356
The absurdly talented James Blake at BBC 6 Music Festival in Manchester last week. Second track (6 mins in) ‘Life Round Here’ sounding particularly great. Top line-up with so many of the artists i’m loving at the moment and you can catch most of it online thankfully. Midlake (think scruffy beards and pretty harmonies) sounded beautiful and Damon Albarn unveiled some new tracks - that man can seemingly do no wrong - it was great to see Lykke Li (where has she been?), Outfit (one of my fave new bands) and Kiran Leonard (belting it out with youthful gusto) on the line-up too. Hope it was the first of many 6 festivals to come. I am getting priced out of London pretty quickly…p’raps it’s time to head north…
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I first saw Rosie Lowe a year ago at a Sofar Sounds gig and have been keeping an eye on her ever since. Her gig last week at new Hackney-central venue Oslo was a steal at little over a fiver. I was keen to finally hear Oslo’s “state of the art” sound system but wasn’t blown away by support act Andrew Ashong (in spite of his obviously gorgeous voice). Happily, Rosie and her all-female band took things up more than a few notches.
Rosie confessed she was feeling particularly nervous about her first sold-out show, but it was a decidedly polished, atmospheric performance. She had some fun in between songs with the audience and let us in on some of her songwriting inspiration (one particularly insightful child that she used to look after who questioned whether some people “rush love”).
There isn’t too much to play just yet but every track from her debut Dave Okumu/Kwes produced EP Right Thing works brilliantly live - despite some seemingly tricky layers of production to get across - and the cover of this Nitin Sawheney song was off the charts.
There is no shortage of soulful, R&B-influenced voices around at the moment but I do think artists like Rosie Lowe stand out from the crowd. I hope there isn’t too much focus on the fact that she is more than a bit beautiful and knows how to style herself. Taglines such as sultry and sexy are entirely accurate but I wouldn’t want any comments to take away from the fact that she has killer vocals, writes her own songs and has worked with some top-notch producers to create a really dynamic, classy EP.