LIVE REVIEW. Tusks and Oh Sister in London

Date: 23rd November 2016

Venue: The Waiting Room,  Stoke Newington, London

Genre: Ambient/electro-pop

The Waiting Room is tucked within the basement of a pub in North London, like a secret hideout. Seeming slightly ominous at first when walking down the steep stairs to a wood-walled room, this venue actually turned out to be perfect to host Tusks’s headline London debut, as the space filled up, the atmosphere was totally comfortable and intimate.

 

Main support – Oh Sister

The evening was kicked off by the soulful melodic tunes of Oh Sister. A solo artist with a DIY sound and electric drums system. This artist brought the warmth that the room needed, with her raw but genuine tales of love and adventure. The opening track ‘Isn’t Love Used To It Yet‘ brought on nostalgia with a sort of new-wave jazz, full of romanticized heartbreak. A sort of ambient Winehouse vibe, but with more electric guitar and less drama. With her tantalizing, stripped back voice, Oh Sister managed to encompass the whole room, however at times lacked the control over her guitar necessary for such delicate set. With her voice alone, Oh Sister could bring any crowd to their knees with a full band behind her, allowing her to concentrate on what she does best, and experiment more with ambient, atmospheric sounds.

Headliner – Tusks

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Image: @charlie__mac_

An instant connection was made between Tusks and the audience and she stepped onto The Waiting Room stage tonight, and apprehension within her and her band was evident.

The first track of the set was a fan favorite ‘For You‘, however Tusks put her own twist on it. Now equipped with a full band of talented musicians, Tusks was able to break the popular hit down to its core elements and build it up into an accumulation of ambient sounds and thudding drums – it was at this point, it was clear to the crowd Tusks has more to offer in her performance tonight than ever before.

Poison Ivy‘ was the second song of the evening, and her voice sailed through it with grace, but we already expected this; what took us aback was the amount of power behind her voice. Tonight Tusks paired her soul-baring vocals with eerie guitar and dark bass lines, the  result was  all-encompassing and hugely graceful. It was touching to see Tusks explore the deeper possibilities within ambient and electro-pop music and the experimentation was made by her band. The thunderous drums and strong bass-lines brought a new level of power to the music, that just seemed to work.

Tonight Tusks took her time, putting in every delicate detail to every song. At times it seemed as though everything was in slow motion, until all musical elements were brought together at the point just before a satisfying drop.The crowd were gifted with a sneak preview of the new album with never-before-played-live tracks such as’Toronto‘ and ‘Bleach‘. An early solo track she wrote many moons ago was also showcased, which allowed Tusks to perform as she once did, with her voice pure and unaltered, and also showed how far she has developed since her first appearance. There is an air of true authenticity around Tusks as she performs, a connection is instantly made along with an atmosphere that is unbreakable.


You can check out Tusks’s most recent EP ‘False‘ here and give her some love on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Also make sure to check out Oh Sister and follow on Facebook and Twitter

All images: @charlie__mac_

 

Baker out.

SINGLE REVIEW. Tusks – ‘Torn’

Release Date: 7th June 2016

Genre: Alternative Electro-pop

Rating:★★★★

 

Tusks, fresh from the Great Escape Festival with her beautiful voice that has moved so many, has released a new single ‘Torn’ ahead of the release of her second EP, ‘False’ (out tomorrow, 10th June).

 

This track represents Tusks coming into her own, the confidence exudes from the bass notes and somewhat elusive vocal range showcased by the young London artist. It is exciting to see her begin to experiment with vocals and the changing tone of her music. The electronic influences fused from the likes of Disclosure and The xx compliment Tusks greatly, the eb and flow of this track creates a stunning journey for all to hear.

We’re sure that if the rest of the EP is like this, then Tusks will prove to be an even more interesting live act than she already is. What is so noteworthy about this artists is that she is proudly responsible for every sound, beat, and movement within her music, she paints her music onto a canvas, organically building it up until we are given a full experience such as this single.

 

Listen to ‘Torn’ now below:

You can also connect with her on facebook and instagram.

 

Baker out.