Petite Meller at Heaven
“Welcome to this journey,” she squeals as she finally shows up on stage over half an hour late – she is instantly forgiven. For this is the crazy world of Petite Meller: donning triple oversized hats, a girlish persona and her trademark rouge, she is a little force unto herself, and the audience love her for it. Touring venues around London this Autumn, she is the star of Heaven for the night, and throws her all into giving a performance brimming full of energy.
An up-and-coming singer with a brain, she’s a French student of philosophy, currently working on her master’s degree, when not performing or modelling. Influenced by her studies and prominent psychologists such as Jacques Lacan, there is a lot more thinking going into her child-like outfits and music videos than one would first assume. With that in mind, her material reaches far more intellectual heights than average pop music. Singing in both French and English and with a sort of new-age/jazz fusion going on, it is music unlike anything else.
Performing to a good turn-out, she charms her audience, with a little merci after each song, and every now and again she explains how much she loves London crowds. She can definitely work a stage and never stops dancing to catch her breath.
Highlights come from performances of Backpack, with its upbeat track contrasted with her slower ethereal, yet girly voice and Baby Love, which really gets the crowd excited. “Inspired by Africa”, it features bongo drums and has a music video dedicated to the continent but manages to stay contemporary with its speedy pace. Like most of her music, both songs incorporate the saxophone, and a brilliant saxophonist plays live; reaffirming the jazz angle, yet still managing to sound exciting and modern.
She plays out with her newest single Barbaric which is very catchy and edges closer to generic pop music, and a possible breakthrough. In a nod to its music video she brings elderly dancers in pink suits on stage to dance out the show. With as much of a party on stage as there is off it, Petite Meller truly gives a show that is fun for everyone, whether or not it is fully sane!
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Watch the video for Barbaric here: