EMMA RUTH RUN­DLE

JAYE JAYLE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Live Reviews -

OSLO, HACKNEY

US ex­per­i­men­tal­ists JAYE JAYLE dou­ble up as both lead sup­port and the live band for EMMA RuTH RuN­DLE this evening. It’s a dou­ble shift worth pulling, their dark take on Amer­i­cana noir mak­ing them an easy fit for Emma’s brood­ing alt-folk. Tonight Emma’s ex­plo­rations into dark at­mos­pheres are propped up by psy­ch­heavy post-rock and an omi­nous heavy edge. That Kate Bush and David Lynch serve as her two key in­spi­ra­tions is a fact af­forded new clar­ity fol­low­ing tonight’s in­ti­mate per­for­mance. The re­sult is a hyp­notic set equal parts woozy ethe­real grooves and hefty propul­sive beats. Con­trol’s lilt­ing in­tro slides eas­ily into its crush­ing cho­rus while set high­light Darkhorse’s gui­tar licks evap­o­rate into the air only to be re­placed by its cho­rus’s blud­geon­ing riffs, show­ing off Emma’s mas­ter­ful con­trol of light and shade. As she eases into an a cap­pella Shad­ows Of My Name for her fi­nale, the raw, vul­ner­a­ble qual­i­ties that make her voice such a unique and tan­ta­lis­ing propo­si­tion soak into the mes­merised crowd. It’s an ac­com­plished and af­fect­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that’s sure to see her fan­base flour­ish fur­ther.

BRI­ONY ED­WARDS

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