Loud Lissie’s in with a shout

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - MUSIC -

Lissie Omeara, Lon­don

Apacked cel­lar, a pool of vi­o­let light, a big voice and a blonde mane: the minute you see Lissie on stage, you know she’s a star. And this may be the last time she plays a tiny venue. Her fourth al­bum,

Cas­tles, has just given her a first taste of the UK Top Ten, and her next Lon­don date is at the Shepherd’s Bush Em­pire, six times the size of Omeara.

Born in Illi­nois, the daugh­ter of an Amer­i­can doc­tor and a Swedish in­te­rior de­signer, Lissie Mau­rus seems a very grounded sort of god­dess. She lives on a farm in Iowa, and one of her new songs is called Sand, be­cause she re­cently spent two days shov­el­ling it. Her band is qui­etly rad­i­cal, with a wo­man ei­ther side of her and two men slav­ing away in the shad­ows.

Her mu­sic, which be­gan as folk-rock, is head­ing for the pop main­stream, with mixed re­sults. As a singer, she has it all – power and vul­ner­a­bil­ity, tim­ing and charm. As a song­writer, she is less cer­tain, with a weak­ness for a shouty cho­rus and a fussy ar­range­ment. When the back­ing is just piano or rhythm gui­tar, her voice glows. Can some­one get her a copy of that book about de­clut­ter­ing? Tim de Lisle Lissie plays Corn­bury Fes­ti­val, July 15, and Shepherd’s Bush Em­pire, Lon­don, Oc­to­ber 3

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