Live Review: Grace Turner + Imogen Pemberton – 107 Projects, Sydney (07.10.15)

Photo Credit: Zana Kobayashi

Grace Turner launched her new EP last week at the intimate, cosy 107 Projects in Redfern. 107 Projects is a tiny venue, that could be at the back of someone’s garage. With mismatched chairs and old lounges randomly placed throughout the space, it’s almost like being in a friend’s shed or garage after school.

Imogen Pemberton was the support act, and played a quietly haunting set. While her tracks rely on loop pedals to give layers and volume, her voice rang out over the top. With its fragile, yet strong, high pitched quality, she sounded similar Beth Gibbons of Portishead.

Grace Turner played a mixture of older songs, one she’d written in the last week and songs from her latest EP.

She started the show solo, with only an electric guitar, and continued this way for a couple of songs. There wasn’t a lot of contrast in the early tracks but this came later when she was joined by Will the violinist.

The harmonies he provided were perfect, and complemented her voice completely. The song ‘Here I Am’ was an early standout, with the violinist plucking the notes and turning the violin on its side instead of the traditional way with a bow.

The set went on with a mixture of solo and duo songs, with a clear division between the old and new. The last songs ‘My Friend’, ‘All About You Boy’ and ‘Long Way Home’ got the biggest reception from the crowd and clearly meant a lot to people there. Turner‘s voice was strongest in the final song and it was a great way to finish off the laid back and intimate set.

Keep an ear out for Grace Turner, she’s sure to be around for awhile yet.


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