The insane degree of fantastic local Aussie talent tends to mean any new album showcase or tour announcement held at a local venue is bound to boast an excellent artist roster. Friday night at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Northbridge reliably followed suit as they hosted indie-folk singer-songwriter Dustin Tebbutt, himself on a launch tour for his debut album First Light.
Melbourne-born producer and singer Woodes fuelled the hype for her upcoming debut EP with a stellar performance of her ethereal brand of electronic dream vocals, eerily and brilliantly reminiscent of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano in both vocal talent and musical accompaniment. She is one to watch.
Robbie Miller wore his influences on his sleeve with a fine showcase of roots-blues that forces one to recall early Van Morrison recordings and the more recently acclaimed work of Matt Corby. He plays calm, elegant acoustic pieces you would be more comfortable listening to in a floral spring meadow than a nightclub, perfectly complementary with Tebbutt’s signature “Scandinavian winter” style.
Slim’s was utterly packed by the time the bespectacled man of the hour took the stage, a testament to the very loyal local fanbase still under his spell upon hearing “The Breach” for the first time. His performance was comprised of a deft mixture of old and new material, built to appease loyal fans and fresh converts alike. His experiences in the beautifully melancholic winter of Sweden were apparent when, despite being moist with perspiration in a hot Perth nightclub, his songs are capable of making you shiver with their vivid poetry. He was bathed in an Aurora Borealis display from a multicoloured light show; the backdrop depicted a Monument Valley landscape illuminated by a newly rising sun every few minutes, each one a different colour in the stage light like a distant dawn on an alien planet.
Suffice to say, First Light debuted to a rapturous fan response in a brilliantly atmospheric performance that held us firmly throughout, from the effective opening support acts to the haunting acapella at the conclusion of his masterful tune “The Breach”.
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