Charlotte Church at Riverside Studios
You may remember Welsh singer-songwriter Charlotte Church as the child prodigy of classical singing over a decade ago – her debut album Voice of an Angel reaching number one on the British classical chart, making her the youngest artist to have achieved so. Some years after, Church released more pop-influenced music and achieved further success with tracks Crazy Chick and Call My Name. Now, the singer has re-emerged with what has been described as “kooky”, “futuristic” R&B-infused indie-pop material featuring on a series of EPs of which the latest, Four, is being launched tonight at Riverside Studios.
The atmosphere at Riverside Studios was anticipatory, with fans old and new gathered wondering what Charlotte’s Entanglement show had in store for us, after being handed neon, raver-esque accessories at the door. Following a fun opening set from DJ Emma Islet, Church emerged to much applause, glistening with UV paint. The set displayed a heavily sci-fi-influenced performance like nothing we’d seen or heard before from the former operatic singer. The show encouraged crowd participation – fluorescent tentacles attached to Church’s dress appeared to change colour at the audience’s command and made for striking visuals.
We were treated to an exclusive performance of the new material from Four, which included the new single Little Movements – all far removed from Church’s better known tracks in terms of genre but a nod to the future of music. The equally well-lit London Contemporary Voices Choir provided angelic backing vocals that sent shivers down our spines. The new sound of Charlotte Church is like nothing we’d dreamed of, and her ability to constantly evolve is what has made her such a timeless artist.
For further information and future events visit Charlotte Church’s website here.
Watch the video for Lasts, or Eschaton here: