Sofar Sounds: London 26/10
Sofar Sounds brought not three, but FOUR acts last night to Shepherd', s Bush Theatre Cafe, making for a very special bonus Sofar night, and the beautiful theatre / library space serving as the venue, in true Sofar style.
Musican Officer returned to perform his second Sofar gig - Officer being solo performer performing with his band of a drummer and a cellist, and his own vocals and guitar, making for an incredibly musical mix. Officer performed a very creative cover of Cyndi Lauper's classic 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' with the cellist adding a really new perspective to the song, as well as songs off of his debut album Myriad. His song 'The Waters' was my personal favourite with its amazing lyrics.
Rose Betts performed next, and her vocals particularly stood out to me, as the performance was honestly the quality of a recording, with such amazing tones! Her first song 'Orange Trees' really stayed in my mind, as did her other song 'Changing Days,' which had a particularly pleasant feel to it being dedicated to her twin sister. The addition of the bass and the drums really completed Rose's set, her songs being lively yet musical at the same time.
Marie Naffah (above) continued the night with her singer-songwriter genre of music, having performed at not only Sofar London, but also Sofar Berlin and Sofar Brussells before! She performed her own songs such as 'Peter and Wendy'- a really thought provoking and rather taunting subject of what if Peter and Wendy fell out of love.. She also performed songs from her debut EP, my favourite being 'This Road,' and a lovely duet with "Mario The Lion," as well as a beautiful cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Songbird.'
Indie rock band 'Flags' closed the night, with an acoustic set-up in true Sofar style, bringing a bass guitar, acoustic, and electric guitar with the classic indie reverb, along with some vocal harmonies from the bass player too. The band also performed songs off of their debut EP 'Oil & Sparks,' which is out now.
I'm going to chime on once again about how brilliant Sofar Sounds is, not only because of the ridiculously high quality of music they put up, but the genuine motive behind creating these Sofar gigs, so that artists have a new platform and audience to perform to, and the audience a place to genuinely dedicate their time listening to new music! Go to one - NOW! Trust me. And enjoy my very obviously Instagrammed-filtered pictures because iPhone cameras just don't cut it.