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Live Gig Video: SAFIA perform ‘Counting Sheep’ at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Melbourne electronic soul group SAFIA released their debut album ‘Internal’ merely a fortnight ago. Read my review of their long player through this link. Back in June, 3 months prior to the release of ‘Internal’, the band took a trip to blighty, stopping in London for a Sofar Sounds show there. The below video is of the Aussie trio performing their single ‘Counting Sheep’ (about what else, insomnia!) in a stripped back fashion. While the song doesn’t appear on ‘Internal’ – it was released as a single in its own right in early 2015 – this should be solid proof to any naysayers just how beautiful and perfect frontman Ben Woolner’s lead vocals are when isolated. Watch the arresting performance below. For read more of TGTF’s coverage on SAFIA over the last year and a half, follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpTLWrVqFHQ[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Josh Savage performs ‘Quatre Épines’ at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Not sure why it took 10 months for this live gig video to appear, but we’re not (too) sore about it. Paris via Winchester singer/songwriter Josh Savage, who we’ve featured quite a bit here on TGTF, played a sold-out show last night at the Islington, so it’s great timing for this video to have surfaced. Back in November 2015, we hosted the exclusive stream of ‘Quatre Épines’, Savage’s then new EP.

Around the same time and in a much larger room than when I saw him perform in Manchester in April 2014 as part of another Sofar Sounds showcase, watch as Savage and his backing band hold the entire audience rapt in attention in performance of the EP’s title track. Catch the performance below. For more on Josh Savage on TGTF, follow this link.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GndioBqTAvc[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Longfellow perform ‘Plasticine’ at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Friday, 10th June 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Back in April, Longfellow appeared at a packed out edition of Sofar Sounds London. Now there’s a video from the proceedings, and it’s fantastic. (I may be a little biased…) While there’s something wonderfully satisfying to see this London band with their full band setup in a venue, there’s also something incredibly great about being able to see a stripped back version of a song – in this case, ‘Plasticine’, warts and all, with nothing to detract from frontman Owen Lloyd’s strong, dusky vocals. Watch the live performance below.

For more coverage on Sofar Sounds shows we ourselves have covered or additional videos from past sessions we’ve shared, use this link. For more on Longfellow themselves as covered on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od1RyDzVvas[/youtube]

 

Video(s) of the Moment #1685: Hozier

 
By on Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 10:00 am
 

Irish singer/songwriter Hozier has upped the ante once again, unveiling not one but two separate videos for his recent single ‘From Eden’. The song features on both his self-titled debut album and the earlier ‘From Eden’ EP. The album version of the song is slightly different to the EP version, and the new official video highlights one of the main differences between the two iterations, namely the slithering, flamenco-flavoured instrumental bridge. The video takes a slightly off-kilter view of the oft-celebrated Bonnie and Clyde scenario, perfectly synching the crisis point of the dramatic action with the aforementioned bridge section.

In addition to the official video, Sofar Sounds have just premiered a live performance video from Hozier’s appearance at their Manchester showcase back in September. The intimate Manchester performance features a stripped back version of ‘From Eden’, emphasising Hozier’s soulful singing and bluesy acoustic guitar chops over his sense of dramatic flair. The skillfully edited video below demonstrates both the high quality of Hozier’s musicianship and the cozy, informal atmosphere that has become synonymous with Sofar Sounds. Watch both below.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/cI0wUoCLnLk[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtu.be/QoK3he5Ugvw[/youtube]

 

Secret Sofar Sounds Newcastle show – 15th September 2014

 
By on Friday, 19th September 2014 at 2:00 pm
 

In a student-heavy front room in a student-heavy part of town, only the sixth Newcastle Sofar Sounds kicks off. As regular TGTF readers will know, the idea of Sofar is to bring live music literally into people’s front rooms. In some parts of the world, the events are wildly oversubscribed, making a pass-in one of the hottest tickets in town. Newcastle has yet to reach such giddy heights of success, but it’s not for the want of quality acts. Acoustic troubadour and medical student Matt Hunsley hosts, his housemates and fellow students make up most of the crowd, and TGTF was there to record proceedings.

Suntrapp, aka Jake Houlsby, is that rarest of things: a professional musician. That is to say, he earns his living through playing music. Most acts one might read about in these pages are amateurs: they work other jobs in order to finance their music making. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that; the amateur artist has the freedom to work within any discipline and any style, regardless of its commercial appeal. Professionals, however, prostrate themselves before the altar of money, making or playing whatever their customer demands. Thankfully, tonight Houlsby the pro is appearing as his alter-ego Suntrapp, so we are spared the ‘Your Song’ cover. What we are treated to is a close-quarters set of his songs so far: the pretty ‘New Morning’ is a delicately-picked ditty showcasing Houlsby’s plaintive vocal style; more memorable still is the set-closing instrumental piece: a flamenco-inspired loop overlaid with some lovely mariachi flourishes, which apparently sounds great in a church.

What becomes apparent as Suntrapp’s set progresses is how reverent the audience are tonight. One could literally hear a pin drop. Given the recent complaints about the rudeness and ignorance of modern audiences – speaking loudly during quiet bits and being obsessed with selfieing themselves in front of the band – the atmosphere tonight comes as a refreshing and deeply welcome change. If anything, this is the biggest attraction of Sofar: because this is an invited audience, everyone is here to listen to the music rather than have their own little narcissistic party.

Brooke Bentham is even more sparse of guitar, but wonderful of voice. She ranges between dusky low pitch and delicate falsetto. ‘We’ll Be Ghosts’ is stunning in its minimal presentation; she really lets her spectacular voice rip towards the end of the song and it’s a thing of beauty. There’s a song about Oscar Wilde, which hints at literary pretension, and gives a depth to the songwriting that does justice to the presentation. Apparently she’s moving to London soon to study at Goldsmiths, where she will no doubt go onto huge things indeed.

And who is this headlining? Surely not Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, the Glastonbury-competition-winning folk four-piece? Yes it is, and they sound utterly wonderful. There’s Bridie with her guitar, there’s a cello, a fiddle (not violin, as I am corrected later), and a percussionist sat on a cajon and wielding some lovely obscure noise-making artefacts. ‘Crying Beast’ – apparently written about a tiny monster who enters a house via the letterbox and feeds upon the negative energy within until it takes up a whole room – treads a delicate path between light and dark; ethereal beauty and hints of discord live uneasily together, resolved by the final coda of “I’m shrinking as you grow”.

Tonight’s presentation suits such material perfectly – the pristine, note-perfect three-part harmonies are a wonder to behold at such close quarters; the bowed instruments are plucked in unconventional ways to variously mimic lead parts or give the impact of a bass guitar. In their mastery of traditional arrangements, twisted into thoroughly modernist songwriting, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour share much with fellow northeasteners The Unthanks, which is high praise indeed. They’ve got a new album out in ‘New Skin’, and are just about to embark on a tour of suitably unconventional venues across the country, notably the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead, attendance at which comes highly recommended.

Out of everything that went right tonight, only the venue leaves a little to be desired. Yes, it’s in a secluded corner of a leafy part of town, but a quick tidy up and brush of the feather duster wouldn’t go amiss, particularly in the bathroom. And how much does a bag of tea lights cost these days? A few throws and a bit of atmospheric candle-lighting would make things feel that bit more special from a visual point of view. To be fair, this is a student house, so on that scale it’s a palace; still, a variety of venue might make the Sofar offer even more compelling.

But that’s picking nits, frankly. Sofar offers an unmatched opportunity to see acts “in the raw” as it were, stripped of anything as vulgar as amplification. Vocals and instrumentation are as naked as their maker intended, which means they carry a tonal, and therefore emotional, impact rarely found at a live performance. Tonight is quite the most intimate and respectful night of music one could ever have the good fortune to encounter. Bring on next month.

 

Live Gig Video: Teleman and Tom Vek perform at Sofar Sounds London session

 
By on Friday, 11th July 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Last month, TGTF favourites Teleman (pictured at top) and Tom Vek appeared at a Sofar Sounds session in London and the fine folks from the living room gig organisers have released some great video from the night. Watch below as Teleman perform single ’23 Floors Up’ from their amazing debut album ‘Breakfast’ (reviewed here) and Vek breaks out ‘Trying to Do Better’ from his latest album ‘Luck’ (reviewed here).

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuzvmcnU5mE[/youtube]

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYaz-gm2PMo[/youtube]

 
 
 

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