Hoxton Bar & Kitchen – January 28th
Returning from her year long hibernation, Kyla La Grange is back at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen to give us a taste of her new album ‘Cut Your Teeth’, due out in May. Previously described as an “almost there version of Florence Welch”, her impressive debut album ‘Ashes’ set the tone for her career potential. So tonight we want to know, will the new material cement her status as a bonafide popstar in her own right?
There’s instant kudos for having the coolest (and perhaps weirdest) stage set up on the planet. Consisting of bunting, light up flowers, florescent flamingos and plastic dolls hanging from the ceiling. It gives us an indication of things to come though, the Watford born songstress clearly wants to define herself as more than just your average squeaky-clean pop star.
La Grange kicks her set off; rather promptly may we add, with dreamy new track ‘Fly’. An electronica beat mixed with haunting vocals that immediately captivate the crowd, her sensual swaying and high-pitched chorus have already set the bar high. Easily comparable to Kate Bush or Ellie Goulding (though perhaps it’s a little lazy to do so), it’s the distinctive tonality and elegant spirit that sets her apart.
“London crowds are notoriously mean, but you guys are really lovely,” says La Grange. The majority of the show features unheard material, but the crowd are receptive and clearly intrigued to hear the album’s new offerings. ‘I Don’t Hate You’ allows for a clap and sing-along in the final chorus, albeit a little cheesy, but she smiles away confidently nonetheless.
‘Maia’, ‘The Knife’ and ‘Cannibals’ also showcase the new album’s impending explosion of imaginative pop tracks, which undoubtedly blow the forerunners out the water. There’s added depth to the songwriting and it’s clear that Kyla has worked on her already ample vocal capability, where new tracks layer upon her foundations of dreamy-pop-electronica and also hint at a grungier profundity.
Described as “The oldest song I still play, which I wrote when I was 19,” an acoustic rendition of ‘Vampire Smile’ is the finale. The intimate track is a special moment for her fans, as the gently hypnotic melody is broken down to enhance the lyrical motives.
Proving she’s much more than just a Florence Welch impersonator the new album will no doubt enhance Kyla La Grange’s career and reinforce her right to feature at the top of the UK charts.