It’s not hard to fall in love with Saint Clair especially when her sound is perfection. After supporting Bastille earlier in the year, Saint Clair brought her powerhouse vocals to London's Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. In a rare, intimate performance, her expansive range was contrasted with delicate, sublime vocals. She can do it all.
'Sailing', an electro-pop tinged number, was the first on the setlist before Saint Clair gave us an exclusive performance of 'Goddess' from her upcoming album; an album which examines the stages of grief. The soulful 'I'll Stay' was a particular highlight which was described as "another sad song" but one which "[had] hope at the end of it".
Hearing her songs live brought a different dimension to them - an element of rawness and vulnerability engulfed them. Interestingly Saint Clair performed with her eyes closed for most of the songs which suggests she was just as enamoured by her music as her captivated audience.
In a time when pop music can be accused of being vacuous, it is so refreshing to see an artist flourish whilst being highly original. Her lyrics are emotive, honest and often melancholy. They are drawn from real life experiences, like the time she was performing and had to face her ex (“seeing you there in the crowd/knocked me for six").
Saint Clair is a shining example of the future of music with her futuristic sound especially if last night was anything to go by, on what was a very special show.
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Words: Narzra Ahmed
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