Electric Brixton – November 11th
After a delayed start to the Yorkshire duo’s Electric Brixton show, Watson and Taylor arrived on stage to a truly pulsating crowd; rapturous in noise and abundant in number.
It’s difficult to believe that this outfit are now into their tenth year of existence, but upon seeing them and hearing the off-kilter synths of set opener ‘Tears of Joy’ it’s evident how far they have come. Arriving upon the scene they were garnered as indie-folk darlings, now stood atop the sizeable South London stage – dressed sleekly in all black – they have evolved into a genre-spanning pop band with soulful sensibilities. The development of Taylor’s voice has been one of the most impressive and sizeable shifts in the band’s sound. Originally best known for the playful vocal interplay between the duo, her voice has emerged as a soaring R&B instrument, employed to stunning effect on her solo rendition of new album highlight ‘Not Mine To Love’.
The band make up for lost time, as they explode through a set of infectious pop infused hits from their past two album; switching from the fuzzed out indie of ‘If We’re Still Alive’ to the beautiful acoustic lament of ‘Paraguay and Panama’; a nod to the band’s more folky roots. ‘The Queen’s Nose’ is one of the night’s highlights. Its verse has the gentle sway of an end of the night ballad; however, its chorus bursts into life, with Rebecca’s powerful vocals lying atop a bed of regal brass.
The only track from the band’s first album Yeah So to make an outing tonight is ‘Our Most Brilliant Friends’ and the 10-minute track is a dishevelled masterpiece. Rebecca works the stage, running and jumping emphatically to the beat, exchanging wry smiles with her long-term musical sidekick Charles. One of the things which has endeared this two-piece to an audience large enough to fill this significant South London space is the energy and enthusiasm which radiates from everything that they do; tonight is no exception.
They emerge back upon the stage to deliver Complete Surrender’s lead single ‘Suffering You, Suffering Me’ which has quickly become a fan favourite; the sold out crowd belt the melody back at the band in support. It’s a stunning end to an emphatic performance, however, as the crowd starts to disperse the pair emerge back front of stage and unplugged to deliver an acoustic version of ‘Hackney Marsh’. The frantic masses run back to hear Rebecca and Charles, delivering the final chords of one of their finest ever live displays.