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Review: Ngaiire @ Fat Controller


Review: Ngaiire @ Fat Controller

Kate Sansome

On Friday night, Sydney’s future-folk and singer, Ngaiire took to Fat Controller a part of her national tour, in support of her recently released album BlastomaOver the past twelve months, Ngaiire has released two huge hit singles, performed her first solo shows in New York and LA, supported Sufjan Stevens and performed at a variety of Australian festivals such as Falls Festivals, The Plot and Groovin The Moo.  Ngaiire was joined on stage by stunning up-and-coming electronic artists, LANKS and Jack Grace.

Opening the night was Sydney’s electronic pop artist, Jack Grace, who unfortunately performed to a near empty room.  Despite this, he took to the stage in full control and delivered a stunning unconventional set, combining lush electronica, glitchy beats and trippy samples.  It is obvious that Grace has a variety of influences, drawing on a wide range of genres, including house, trip-hop, post dub and chillwave to create unique and free-flowing pop sound.  Grace showed a huge amount of potential and that he can translate his spectacular production skills for a stellar live show. 

As the room started to fill, Melbourne’s LANKS came on and got the crowd moving as he delivered a fun set, filled with catchy, electro-pop.  LANKS combines brooding falsetto with electronic trip-hop for a stunning combination of infectious dance music. He sneaked in some new, unreleased music amongst old favourites for a truly stunning set.  His live show was full of so much energy which really surpassed my expectations for a more dreamy, delicate set. 

Finally, Ngaiire came on stage and was sure to have earnt some new fans with her gorgeous, soulful tunes.  I was instantly in awe of her amazing vocals and captivating stage presence, as she stood at the front casting a spell on everyone in the room.  The tour was in support for her second album, Blastomawhich was only released a week before the gig.  The album was named after the rare form of cancer that she suffered as a small child, with the album exploring her strength, and how and why she had to fight.  This strength is greatly conveyed on stage, with so much raw emotion and sincerity that Ngaiire is able to truly connect with the crowd. 

In the midst of the Ngaiire's new material was the spectacular new single, House On A Rockwhich proved to be a stand out with bright instrumentals that showed off Ngaiire's dazzling vocals.  Other crowd favourites included Once and Diggin, bringing moments of pure joy and inspired the whole crowd to sing along.   Ngaiire's live show is a pleasure to experience with the songstress proving that she is an absolute powerhouse and a vocal force to be reckoned with. Ngaiire will be performing at Byron Bay's Splendour In The Grass in July, along with her support slot for Leon Bridges' east coast tour.

Download Ngaiire's second album Blastoma on Itunes now

All images via Jason Katsaras for This is Radelaide