On Tuesday night, singer-songwriter and multi-media personality, Ella Hooper took to the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent with her band at The Garden of Unearthly Delights for Fringe Festival. Hooper has been kicking around in the Australian music scene since she was thirteen when her and her brother, Jeese Hooper formed alternative rock band, Killing Heidi in the late 90s. After experiencing strong commercial success with the band, the siblings decided to head in a different direction, performing as folk duo, The Verses. Since then, Hooper has been working on her stellar solo musical endeavours whilst also occasionally working as a radio and television personality.
The gorgeous Magic Mirror Spiegeltent took us back to a different time and was a gorgeous backdrop for Hooper's more evolved and matured sound, in comparison to her earlier works. Hooper was joined on stage by a brand-new band, as she delved into her recent double EP, Venom/New Magic. Her most recent work explores personal heartbreak, with Hooper pouring out her inner most thoughts and feelings as she deals with despair and sorrow. Her gorgeous vocals are paired with melodic soundscapes created by twinkling guitars, soft drums and harmonious keys.
Hooper also played some of her earlier solo work, performing Wild Stallionz and The Red Shoes off her 2014 debut solo record, In Tongues. In comparison to the moody, pop sensibilities, Hooper provided the crowd with some light, witty banter, sharing intimate and hilarious anecdotes between songs. The crowd of the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent were also treated to a stunning rendition of Stevie Nicks’ Edge Of Seventeen, whilst also learning some incredible trivia that the song is sampled in Destiny Child’s Bootylicious.
The crowd were also delighted to some new music from Hooper, which she shared would actually be released later this week, whilst also hinting at an upcoming tour announcement from Killing Heidi. Hooper's performance was magical, balancing her bubbly personality with emotional heartbreak ballads filled with pop soundscapes and a unique combination of folk and rock influences.
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