Fallulah - Hoxton Bar and Grill, London
It's always a great feeling discovering new music that's up your street so I was delighted to be pointed in the direction of Denmark's Fallulah via a Tweet from fellow Danes Alphabeat, informing the world that the singer was playing a show in the capital that same evening. A quick search around the net led me to believe that this would be a gig I'd enjoy so I headed off to Hoxton to take in the singer's performance.
Fallulah has had a large amount of success back home in the last year or so, with the release of her debut album The Black Cat Neighbourhood, a huge radio hit with single 'Bridges' gaining her an award and an i-Tunes chart topper with the song 'Out of It' - the theme tune to Danish TV comedy Lykke.
The singer's first UK show seemed to be more of a showcase rather than a proper gig, with the intimate crowd made up of Danes and a few industry types hovering towards the back of the venue. Fallulah opened her set with her album's title track, urging the audience to get nearer, "Come up I won't bite!" This had the desired effect, bringing them forward for exquisite album opener "Only Human".
The Danish songstress told the assembled crowd that she'd had 15 jobs, not liking any of them before launching into "Work Song". I think she's onto a bit of a winner with occupation 16 as her set was a joy to watch. I was put in mind of Marina And The Diamonds, Oh Land and even Eliza Doolittle at times during the performance as the singer's output is very commercial but with a quirky spin.
She releases her debut UK single 'I Lay My Head' very soon so it will be interesting to see if the UK takes to the track as much as her countrymen seemed to enjoy the live rendition at Hoxton, which saw several joining in the chorus.
Although the song is a good taster for the Fallulah experience, I don't think it's the best track she has to offer as set closers "Out of It" and "Bridges" are just exceptional, especially the latter. It's the track that reminds me of Marina most and the live rendition was just full on as it's a pounding number with a great chorus and numerous yelps and cries throughout!
I was very glad I took Alphabeat's advice to heart as I was thoroughly impressed by the singer's set and will be certainly be keeping an eye out for further UK shows as I imagine she'll be back to promote her album at some point.