The launch of Autumnmusic’s Dreams&Fears EP was by far the most intimate gig I’ve attended recently. The 80 strong crowd crammed into Servant Jazz Quarter’s basement room where stools and benches line the dark room with wires and tangled cables littering the stage. There were no frills to be found. Thankfully, none of the acts performing were bands of more than two allowing them each to fit comfortably on the small stage. There was an undoubted enthusiasm to be found at this launch show with Autumnmusic (Rosi Croom) watching and cheering on each of her support acts before taking to the stage herself. A crowd of family and friends made this a gig with a friendly closeness without it being sycophantic.
As with any gig, it’s important that the supporting artists get their fair share of the limelight. The two support acts for Autumnmusic were Little Water and Talk Show Ghost, the former consisting of London-based duo CJ and Connor Roff who possessed a pop-folk sound that reminds one of Fleetwood Mac combined with the poppier sounds of Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor. Their songwriting stands up on its own merit, yet CJ’s musical theatre background is overly present in her performance and doesn’t feel quite as genuine as Roff’s. Their upcoming single, ’Flowers’, is a neat track with a memorable chorus, even having only heard an acoustic arrangement.
‘powerful and engaging… a demonstrable display of her knack for political songwriting’
Talk Show Ghost’s set, however, felt a little confused, jumping from acoustic numbers combined with echoing vocal effects into drum and bass tracks. Whilst there’s nothing necessarily wrong with a genre bending set list, it did leave me wondering what exactly Talk Show Ghost wants to be. It felt to me as though the more electronic numbers were his strong suit. His frantic and incredibly self-deprecating patter in-between songs went along way to engage with the crowd and despite his varied choices kept everyone deeply engaged.
Headliner Autumnmusic’s Dreams&Fears is as much an endeavour into combining storytelling with electronic music and folk undertones. Throughout Autumnmusic’s (Rosi Croom) headlining set, it became clear that for the launch of this EP there would be more a musical showcase than the tale put forth on Dreams&Fears. Standing alone on stage with just a keyboard and numerous other electro-gadgets, Autumnmusic’s live renditions of the songs on her EP were engaging and powerful. The songs she performed that aren’t on the EP similarly broadened the horizons by displaying her knack for political songwriting and building songs with the use of her own voice and harmonies with the aid of a loop pedal. Harking back to the sentiment I shared on my review for Dreams&Fears, I still feel that some songs are cut short, especially the first single ‘Pedestal’ which has a truly catchy riff and feels like a current club hit. Another thing certainly worth mentioning is Croom’s varied and eclectic influence which she proved in her encore: an entirely vocal arrangement of Dinah Washington’s ‘Mad About The Boy’. Autumnmusic showed off both her vocals and songwriting as an artist in the launch for Dreams&Fears and with plenty of room to grow, I look forward not only to hearing how her sound develops, but also to the evolution of her already capable songwriting.
Dreams&Fears is out now.
Image: Autumnmusic/ Talk Show Ghost / Little Water