Amanda Mair - Underbelly, London
The Music Fix had a brief conversation with new kid on the block - sixteen year old Swedish singer/songwriter Amanda Mair about a month ago and with our curiosity piqued decided to check out her first UK date at London's very, very intimate Underbelly venue.
The singer was playing as part of a five band bill at the Librarians Wanted club night. I was unable to hang around for the acts that followed Amanda's set but did take in the solo performer that proceeded the Swede. Sadly I can't say I was a fan, to say the least, as the act (who shall remain nameless) was just awful, especially the lengthy dirge that appeared towards the end and when he added a Crass sample into the proceedings it really annoyed me as they're a band I hold very close to my heart!
Luckily, Amanda's set was a far more enjoyable experience and although the crowd was quite small they seemed a very appreciative and attentive audience, especially as the singer was performing solo with no extra backing tracks.
Amanda has had a lot of interest from blogs and websites over the last few months, with praise for her song 'House' and current single 'Doubt' and both songs sounded sublime in their stripped down versions alongside the other tracks on offer, with 'Doubt''s "I wanna become what people become" chorus really shining out and set closer 'House' a perfect way to end the short but sweet performance.
Amanda has a phenomenal voice for a 16 year old and a few decent songs up her sleeve, making her forthcoming 2012 debut album a very promising prospect indeed.