BLIMEY, this was without a doubt one of the most magical performances I’ve ever seen. It honestly felt like a dream, it’s hard to describe how special it felt. It felt like the start of something really, really special. The first day real of sun this year and the beauty of the day was just enhanced by this evening.
Matt Maltese was the start of an extremely fashionable night. Boy turned up in a suit and a graphic tee, honestly iconic. If I was pushed to describe his style I would say that it’s groovy but sad. Like his lyrics are completely gorgeous, but a bit depressing but overall, it’s got a good vibe. I actually remember listening to him a while ago when he released “Even if It’s a Lie” (a song I still really enjoy), but he has somewhat matured since then and his music has developed into something newer and different. I feel like he is pretty well summarised in his Twitter bio – “Brexitpop” – it says it all really. He seems to have a pretty dry and somewhat dark sense of humour, which to be honest just makes him even better. His debut album “Bad Contestant” is released June 1st, and I thoroughly recommend that everyone goes and listens to it as soon as it drops, plz and thank u.
Right, so first things first Isaac Gracie induced extreme clothing envy in me, like really bad. Seriously, that red shirt/red trousers combo?? L-O-V-E. 10/10 fashion choice Mr Gracie. There was a proper element of theatricality to him, he’s a Such a talented performer. I actually could have watched him for hours, but sadly I have a life so that would never have been ideal for anyone. Anyway, aesthetically speaking, completely lovely boy.
This is his debut album tour, and already he’s mesmerising on stage. It was impossible to take my eyes off him. It’s not like he was doing some super polished, in-depth choreography or something (although that would be pretty wild), he was just captivating. Obviously, Isaac has a bloody brilliant voice, anyone with a half decent set of ears could tell you that, but that’s not all. His songs are so utterly gorgeous. They’re tender, his lyrics are so carefully, lovingly and poetically crafted that they’re a joy to listen to.
Because I’m a woman who is in touch with her emotions (read: slightly emotionally unstable) I cried (which I wasn’t expecting to do) when he played “Love (ain t always so good)”, maybe it was hay fever to be fair sunny day and all that. It was just so beautiful but sad live, I think it was all just a bit much. I also bloody love the new side of him that “The Death of You & I” has brought out in him. It’s nice to hear this more groovy upbeat sound.
The whole night, his voice never faltered once. It’s no wonder that people so often draw comparisons between him and legends of folk-rock like Nick Cave or Jeff Buckley. It’s easy to see where these come from he has a similar, calming, sweet voice, but I think it’s unfair to compare him to other people so readily. I would say Isaac is a talent in his own right.
Despite seeming still and serious on stage, he has these moments of extreme humility where he apologises for everything (having injured his hand, having a drink etc) and having a giggle at himself. I got the impression that he’s a bit of a weirdo which I completely adore, and us weirdos gotta support each other. He seemed to be in disbelief that so many people loved his music and kept saying how mad it was that so many people had turned out to see him. I don’t think it’s that surprising, he’s so talented and such a showman that people will always want to support him. Thank you for such a wonderful night.