Fallulah - Water Rats, London
I first came across Danish singer Fallulah back in June due to a tweet from fellow Danes Alphabeat, informing their Twitter followers that the singer was playing in London that evening and was worth watching live. I managed to check out a few of Fallulah's tracks online that day, enjoying what I heard, so headed down to Hoxton Bar And Grill to view her set, coming away extremely impressed.
Fallulah released her debut UK single "I Lay My Head" at the end of August and has popped over to the UK to do a bit of promotion and play a trio of shows in the capital, including an early evening set at Water Rats, my favourite venue out of the three she was performing at, so I decided to head along for second helpings!
The singer was due on about seven thirty as part of a six band bill, which was a bit strange, as going by the venue's website the Dane seemed to be the evening's headline act! Word may not have got round as the performance space was fairly quiet when Fallulah commenced her set. That being said, there were a few faithful fans already in the venue, including a couple of girls who had had their picture taken with the singer a few minutes earlier. Things livened up immensely audience wise by the time song number three "Out Of It" was in full flow, as a horde of curious punters swarmed in from the venue's bar to see what was going on, having been intrigued with what they'd heard from a distance. The songstress had also coaxed existing audience members closer to the stage before second song" Only Human", resulting in a pretty decent crowd by the time her third song had completed.
Fallulah's Water Rats set was pulled from her debut album The Black Cat Neighbourhood. The collection is released in the UK at the beginning of 2012 and will hopefully draw the singer to the attention of a lot more people as it's a great collection of tracks, with a number of extremely quirky pop songs on display, the whole package reminiscent of the likes of Lykke Li, Marina And The Diamonds, Oh Land and Bat For Lashes.
I'd picked up an import copy after the Hoxton show so I was actually able to appreciate the songs on offer a lot more than the first time I'd seen her perform, especially current single "I lay my head", which surprised me as I didn't warm to it as much as some of Fallulah's other material on my first encounter with the singer.
Fallulah spent a lot of her Water Rats set bashing the hell out of her tambourine, clapping furiously and really delivering some hair action at times, making her an exciting performer to watch but she also had quieter moments when her vocals were allowed to shine, especially on the slower paced "Give Us a Little Love".
The singer was very appreciative of her welcoming audience throughout the evening and wanted to toast their health but she didn't have a drink so borrowed a pint from a girl in the crowd, delivering a quick "Cheers" before having a sup, returning the beer to the lass, telling her she was a real Gentleman for giving her it!
Fallulah Water Rats set was far too short and it was disappointing when she announced that she only had one song left, even though she wished she could play some more. It was a bit of a no brainer what the tune was going to be as the singer hadn't performed her biggest song back home - "Bridges". The track was a fantastic closer as it's a real pulsing number with an Eastern infuence, a memorable chorus and a great selection of whoops and hollers, including various "Hey!"'s littered throughout and the two shouts of "Geronimo!" the icing on the cake! It certainly was a doozy to end on, especially as the live rendition did the song justice and left me eager for more.