Date: 26th September 2018
Review and Photos : Ryan Whitwell/Shotison Media
Swedish singer/songwriter Louise Lemón performed a free gig in Camden, supported by The Osiris Club. Louise Lemón will be supporting Solstafir on their tour later in the year.
The stage was awash with red lighting as support band, The Osiris Club, walked out to greet the attendees at The Black Heart wearing hooded cloaks.
I hadn’t heard this band before tonight and it took me a couple of songs before I got into it. I enjoyed the interesting time signatures with clear prog influences throughout the set. The vocals were quite clean and songful which worked well with the accompanying keyboard/synth that was present but not overly prominent.
Some sweet bass lines made themselves known halfway through the set, which is when I started enjoying myself, at times leaning into some kind of funk vibe. This seemed to continue into the rest of the set as the intensity increased gradually, culminating in the penultimate number.
Overall, the set had a somewhat theatrical vibe, complete with crescendos and what sounded like reprises in some numbers. The pauses between phases of the last song, Machinations, definitely enhanced that theatrical feel for me.
Things took a turn for the chilled and quiet. The lights turned blue and remained that way as a hooded figure holding an insensé burner walked from the stage door disappearing into the attendees before Swedish “Death-gospel” singer, Louise Lemón, and her band emerged.
It was very much a vocally led performance. The lower range and hushed tones of Lemón’s voice really sounding impressive. A few effects here and there with some Reverb added to the haunting sound.
The song “178” seemed to stick out for me, possibly because a fellow photog mentioned it as we waited for the bands to start. It’s a deep and dark number with a beat more inline with a slowed heartbeat than a more traditional drum line.
It was hard to gauge the audience’s reaction for the most part. The songs are so chilled out and at the same time have a hint of morbidity that the idea of cheering and clapping too enthusiastically seemed wrong. The response was more a polite applause showing appreciation rather than the amped-up cheers and whistling I’m usually witness to at live shows.
There was a real atmosphere to each song, which added depth to the performance. It was dreamlike at times as the intensity rose and retreated but the vocals always remained soft. Even at the points when Lemón pushed the volume the vocals never seemed to overwhelm the other musicians or distort the sound.
Some superb instrumental sections, fill laden drumming and active guitar playing lifted tracks like Cross, with some great crescendo moments.
Sunlight was a nice moment. It’s mostly vocals and a bit of keyboard and was an easy one to drift away to. It gave Lemón a chance to really show how captivating her vocals were as it was mainly just the occasional chord from the keyboard accompianing vocal.
Montana was the final number. This track certainly encompassed the overall vibe of the set. It’s smooth, steady, and downbeat with a great instrumental crescendo tipping off the set as Lemón left the stage during the instrumental outro.
I loved the simplicity of each song, it’s really quite refreshing as someone that usually listens to over-driven fuzzy doom most of the time. It was nice to have a night of stripped back, gentle tones and beats.