EMMA RUTH RUNDLE
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.