Paolo Nutini at the 100 Club
It’s been eight years since Paolo Nutini last released music with his critically acclaimed third album Caustic Love. With a long-awaited followup dropping in July, the Scottish artist recently rewarded fans for their patience with the surprise release of two new songs: Through the Echoes and Lose It. A series of intimate gigs at London’s legendary 100 Club and further performances around the country later this summer cement the musician’s eagerly anticipated comeback.
With a capacity of just 350, the venue choice is perhaps indicative of Nutini easing himself back onto the touring circuit after only sporadically performing in recent years. Stepping out on stage to rapturous applause before entrancing the room with his trademark rich, raspy vocals, the singer doesn’t play many of the hits he is known for and instead opts to predominantly showcase his new material. Opener Lose It is not an obvious choice, however, it’s clear that, after such a lengthy hiatus, Nutini is bursting to share his fresh content. The crowd are there for it, adapting to the infectious, slow-burning riff and revelling in Nutini’s effortlessly cool vocal delivery. It’s an electrically charged performance that pumps up the room and promises an exciting new direction for an artist who has always dabbled in different genres, while managing to retain his own unique sound.
Scream (Funk My Life Up) is one of those songs that’s just made for live performance and has the venue enraptured. Next there is some more from the upcoming album with Petrified in Love and Acid Eyes. The latter – an up-tempo love song – feels like vintage Nutini, complete with catchy chorus as the singer reflects on having never told someone how he feels about them.
Fans welcome the funk-drenched Let Me Down Easy and crowdpleaser Candy is perfectly executed. Coming Up Easy from 2009’s Sunny Side Up also delights with its upbeat soul, and the contemplative Better Man is another highlight of the evening. Nutini presents astounding vocals on the politically charged Iron Sky; the subject of choosing love over hate and the arrogance and ignorance of those in power feels more pertinent than ever.
Not much of a talker, Nutini is tentative with his audience interaction and even admits to being nervous, yet it is clear just how much he enjoys performing. Becoming lost in his lyrics and entrenched in the music, the artist transports everyone along with him, radiating a deep passion for his craft and reminding us of his undeniable talent. It’s good to have him back.
For further information and future events visit Paolo Nutini’s website here.
Watch the video for the single Lose It here: