Sofar Sounds: London 11/08

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The series of secret gigs Sofar Sounds returned to London yet again, this time hosted in a flat in Kentish Town, jam-packed with an enthusiastic audience, with genuine interest in the musicians performing. Last night’s Sofar saw a wholly acoustic set from Malory Torr, Grace Sarah, and duo from band Aztecs.


Malory Torr’s acoustic set with just a guitar, her vocals, and harmonies from friend Kate were hard not to be entranced by, set-list including Karma, Beautiful Guy, Wanna Be Gangsters, and The Joker and the Thief- which is the next single of off her EP, released at the end of this month. Torr sang with a clear yet edgy voice, creating a indie-pop style fairly unique to her own songs, her peppy, bright personality strongly shining through, and a rockin’ outfit, resulting in a highly enjoyable, pleasant and musically special performance to open the night.


Grace Sarah took to the stage next, both singing and playing the piano, performing songs she wrote when she was 12 to songs written as recently as two weeks ago, which in itself demonstrates the raw musicality in her songs and performance. Sarah also sang a cover of Bee Gee’s song I Started A Joke in her own unique soft style with her crystal clear and pitch perfect voice.


Performing at their fourth Sofar Sounds, Aztecs closed the night, performing as an acoustic duo rather than their usual four-piece band. The acoustic set-up of the night was rather different to their usual set-up, this time just an acoustic guitar and electric guitar and two voices. The combination of just the acoustic and electric playing together themselves is something I surprisingly haven’t seen before, and it created a very rare sound and vibe in their music. Their lyrics were really full of stories, performing songs including Black and White and Talk Like That, which is released in September.


Sofar Sounds creates a truly unique atmosphere, with all the audience present with a genuine interest and respect for new music, with Grace Sarah even saying that she ‘hadn’t ever been to a gig where people have listened so carefully.’ Host Jack Hodges also contributed to encouraging the community element of the night, triggering mexican waves and fist-bumps-with-strangers games. Sofar Sounds do gigs across 150 cities worldwide so be sure to go to one in your city. If you’re a genuine music lover, you can’t miss out on this special venture!