Emilie Nicolas - St Pancras Old Church, London - 28th January 2015

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If this is pop music then it is of the highest kind.

Having been hooked on Emilie’s Album "Like I’m A Warrior” all over the Christmas period I was curious as to see how her music came over in live performance. Luckily I didn’t have long to wait. On a bitterly cold windy night in January I found myself at the funny little St Pancras Old Church tucked away behind the station.


I wondered what song they would go into first. With a swelling of tiny synths and then the pulsing intro to "Let You Out”, a perfect start. Then followed by the scitty "Melancholia” I was amazed at the sound and quality of the delivery. The songs have been honed and polished to high sheen and leave very little room for improvisation musically. There was one song "Cloudy” part way through the set that they only play live.


This brilliant concert was wound up with a blistering version of "Pstereo” that phased into a stately start to "Grown Up” and reached new heights with Emilie’s soaring, beautiful, haunting vocals. Memories of this performance will linger with me for long time. And this comes from someone who normally doesn’t go for pop music. If this is pop music then it is of the highest kind. Emilie’s album will be released in June and I can’t wait to see her again. The only problem for Emilie is following up such a brilliant debut album.

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