Rated 2 out of
Music was awesome but the crowd was intent on chatting
As the title says the music was spot on but the crowd was terrible and most appeared to be there just to have a chat or update Facebook.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 4 out of
A weird and wonderful performance!
Låpsley performed 13 songs in a set lasting just 55 minutes, supported by electro-drummer and two keyboard players, one of whom played guitar on two songs; she played keyboard on Station and 8896, which she performed solo.
There was not a great deal of interaction on Låpsley’s part with the audience, and quite a lot of what she said was unfortunately inaudible. After her first song Burn she said, “Thanks. It’s packed!”, clearly pleased to see she’d attracted a large crowd. After her sixth song Painter she commenting on the backdrop, a linked series of triangles speculating whether they were diamonds or pizza slices!
However, her most interesting comment followed her seventh song 8896 when she introduced her band and then also named and thanked her sound engineer who, she said, had taught her a magic trick, which she then demonstrated singing a few lines of Simon & Garfunkel with her voice distorted. She explained she used to use two mikes to get this effect, and the effect was most strikingly evident in her rendition of Station, her tenth song, in which the vocal distortion through the one mike was quite unsettling. The electo wizardry was very impressive, but one was left wondering where the natural voice was. However, it was quite mesmerising, and the lighting was altered each time her alto voice became a bass baritone and she was only seen in silhouette! For this ‘drop vocal’ effect see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02grt2r
There was a marked difference between two of her songs, Operator (He Doesn't Call Me) and Love is Blind, on the one hand, and the rest of the set. I wondered whether these two songs were written under some pressure (from her record label?) to produce more tuneful “sing-along” music, with their choruses and much more extrovert and upbeat style. Her distinctive original music, however, is minimalist with a coolness that is still emotionally engaging; indeed her music has an entrancing quality, enhanced by the fact that she doesn’t produce tunes and lyrics that one can sing along to, making one immerse oneself more in the music itself. She doesn’t generate excitement but rather reflection and introspection. In this respect, the outstanding number for me was Painter which brought the ethereal features of her beautiful natural voice to the fore. Keep to your principles, Låpsley!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of
Lapsley was incredible. So so pleased I went. Last minute purchase and it was well worth it. My boyfriend (who really didn't want to go) also changed his opinion and thought she was amazing. We also loved Stevie as support, what a fantastic voice!
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 5 out of
City is ours
Lapsley is going to be a star*
Really enjoyed Lapsley gig, me and my partner had a great time. Really good live and would go to see her again in a flash. Hope she has great success.
Date published: 2016-03-07