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Review: Tom West @ Grace Emily Hotel


Review: Tom West @ Grace Emily Hotel

Kate Sansome

There is no better way to spend the last waking hours of the weekend than sitting on the floor of a local pub, listening to some talented folk musicians.  On Sunday night, we were delighted to celebrate the release of local folk singer, Tom West’s new single, All My Friends Are Scientists at the Grace Emily Hotel On Waymouth Street.  The track in question is the first single off the singers’s upcoming album which was recorded in a quaint house in the Adelaide Hills.  West was joined by Brisbane’s O’ Little Sister and Lucas Laufen, for his last stop on his current string of shows around the country.  

Up first was the gorgeous, melodic sounds of local artist, Lucas Laufen.  He delivered a laid back set, joined only by his electric guitar, which he playing for the first time since performing in punk rock bands years ago.  A highlight from his set was, Goodbye, the title track from his EP that he released earlier this year.  The track was a gorgeous combination of emotive song writing and delicate, melancholic guitar work.  

Image via Grace Goodfellow

Image via Grace Goodfellow

Next up was Brisbane's O' Little Sister, who I must firstly say has the most enchanting voice, immediately drawing similarities to Lisa Mitchell or Julia Stone.  Similar to Laufen, she was paired with only her acoustic guitar but was able to fill the room with her sugary sweet vocals and lyrical storytelling.  She performed a bunch of songs, both new and old, with some yet to even be given a name.  Highlights from her set included a long winded love song dedicated to someone she had been seeing in Canada, a track called Dream 66 and her set closer, Cold Feet, which is the first track off her forthcoming debut album, Echo Echo.  

Finally, West crammed onto the small stage with his six piece band.  After the first few songs, West shared that it was the first time the entire band had actually played together, but despite this, they played as a tight, cohesive unit, as if they had been playing together for years.  The set showcased how intricate and layered West's tracks are, proving how much he pays attention to detail with every note and strum having a purpose.  A major stand out was an unreleased track titled, Prescription For Reality, which was a gorgeous tune, filled with beautiful, brooding melodies.   As the set began to draw to a close, West played his latest single, All My Friends Are Scientists, which was a real set highlight, showcasing West's vocals and atmospheric instrumentals.  The entire set was filled with so much genuine, raw emotion whilst also displaying a huge array of local talent from all the musicians on stage.

You can purchase Tom West's latest single 'All My Friends Are Scientists' here.

Header image via Tom West