We’ve been following Carmody’s journey through music very closely ever since we first heard her 2014 hit ‘Atmosphere’ with Tom Misch. Two years later and she’s headlining her first ever London show at the Waiting Room in Stoke Newington.
Opening up proceedings for Carmody was saxophonist, vocalist and fellow time of the month podcaster Laura Misch who recently showcased her forward thinking electronic jazz sound in an exclusive red bull studio session.
Opening up her set with the layered sax and hazy beats of 'We Wait', she eased us into a set that highlighted how much her sound has evolved over the past year or so. Traditional drums are now replaced with weighty electronic beats and saxophone licks are looped to create tracks that at times could kid you into believing there's a full band on stage. Her gorgeous floating vocals carry the maturity of a seasoned veteran in the industry, not someone who has only taken up performing live in the last 4 months. We're very excited to see what the rest of the year holds for her.
After a brief interval, the much anticipated Carmody took to the stage and opened up with a stunning performance of 'Desire' from her Skin EP - joined by the wonderful Tobie Tripp on strings.
Although showcasing her talents in the intimate basement setting of The Waiting Room, her vocals would feel right at home on the bigger stages and arenas, effortlessly switching up from soft verses into powerful choruses resulting in cries of appreciation from the audience.
A fine example was her captivating performance of 'Like That' which she explained was about the little demands and internal thoughts that she has in a relationship. This is what’s so great about Carmody, she writes so beautifully about the honest intricacies of relationships. With every song introduction she gave, my girlfriend was nodding her head in agreement and you could see others throughout the venue doing the same.
Such poetic songwriting has resulted in her working in a number of different producers in the past and we were treated to a surprise performance with Alfa Mist on keys as they performed “Dreams”, a song she wrote for his 'Nocturne' EP about not being able to sleep. He wasn’t the only special guest to join Carmody on stage either as Tom Misch took to the guitar for a beautiful stripped back version of “Release You” from their 'Out to Sea' EP.
You could tell from her band member introductions how humble and grateful she is to be doing music and for the people she has around her supporting her every step of the way. “I don’t mean to get so emotional,” she gushes as she thanks Laura Misch for always pushing her to try things she would naturally shy away from.
Her set then came to thrilling climax as she belted out the irresistibly catchy recent release ‘Before You Knew Me’ before closing with the song which arguably propelled her into the limelight, ‘Skin’, which she emphatically led into an unexpected cover of ‘Don’t Let Go’ by En Vogue. By the end of her set the Crowd refused to stop clapping as she graciously thanked everyone in the audience for coming along.
The sound engineer also deserves a mention too, because for such an incredibly powerful voice the sound quality didn’t waver once throughout the entire evening.
Having seen Carmody as a support act or special guest on a number of occasions, it was great to finally see her headlining centre stage where she belongs. With another gig already lined up for May, 2017 is sure to be a career defining year for her.
Listen to her latest release below and follow her on Twitter for new gig announcements.