read the news // live the culture
The Upcoming | Read the news // Live the culture
Friday 24th October 2014
CultureLive musicMusic

Beatie Wolfe at The Clubhouse | Live review

  Saturday 13th July 2013
  Saturday 13th July 2013

Beatie Wolfe’s album launch at The Clubhouse in Mayfair is the first of its kind. While for traditionalists, (including Wolfe herself) her new album 8ight is being launched on vinyl, the night also sees the unveiling of the world’s first 3D interactive album app. By combining the app, a smart phone and a Palm Top Theatre device, the viewer can watch Wolfe’s new single Lied in 3D without the need for clunky glasses. There is also an interactive version of the single, which can be watched without the Palm Top, which relies on the screen being moved around so that the viewer can see the video from different perspectives.

Although obviously impressive for being a world-first, whether the 3D aspect adds anything to Wolfe’s songs is debatable. Very few people will have heard of – much less own – the right technology, and by placing so much emphasis on the app, Wolfe runs the risk of being overly reliant on shallow gimmicks that add nothing to her music.

Thankfully though, Wolfe’s live set with her pack (drummer Adam Hayes and bass player Yaron Stavi) puts pay to any doubts with regard to her musical talent. Wolfe is a beguiling performer, she draws the audience in with her tales of love, romance and heartache. The new single, Lied is a Duffy-esque bluesy ballad about regret, while Never Ever, a song featured in the children’s show Moshi Monsters (minus the swearing) is a candy-floss pop song about meeting the love of your life. This song is much better live than the rather muted album version would lead you to believe. Wolfe is an excellent live performer and a cover of the Leonard Cohen poem A Thousand Kisses Deep, for which she penned the music, shows that she can deliver depth and soul beautifully. Her lyrics, though, cannot live up to Cohen’s (though few ever could) and it is telling that this cover garners the night’s biggest round of applause. Her own Danger Blue is another set highlight and the trio blend perfectly together, creating a sexy, blues sound that will no doubt be expressed excellently on vinyl.

Beatie Wolfe is clearly on the verge of a commercial breakthrough and, based on her live performance, it is one that she deserves, though perhaps she should spend more time focusing on the music rather than the unnecessary sideshow technology. 

Verdict:

Nichola Daunton
Photos: Indrek Galetin

 For further information on Beatie Wolfe and future events visit here.

Watch the video for Never Ever here:


More about the author


Share this story


  • Pin It
  • Share on Google+
  • Reddit
  • Stumble
  • LinkedIn

Latest related

The Amazing Snakeheads at Electric Ballroom | Live review
The Amazing Snakeheads at Electric Ballroom

The air inside Camden’s Electric Ballroom on Thursday evening is humid with anticipation and a meniscus of tensile [read more]

The Wet House at the Soho | Theatre review
The Wet House at the Soho

Paddy Campbell’s 2013 collaboration with Live Theatre and Max Roberts, The Wet House this year turns southwards from [read more]

Caribou – Our Love | Album review
Caribou – Our Love

The word “anticipated” couldn’t be more of an understatement when applied to Caribou’s latest venture, Our [read more]

The Rivals at the Arcola | Theatre review
The Rivals at the Arcola

Comparing 18th century comic drama to its purely chronological predecessors in Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson is much [read more]

Johnny Marr at Brixton Academy | Live review
Johnny Marr at Brixton Academy

On 6th October Playland, the second solo album from Manchurian guitarist-turned-singer Johnny Marr was released to [read more]

Archives