Having missed out on tickets for Marie Dahlstroms' previous show at Servant Jazz Quarters we were still yet to see any of her ‘Nine’ EP material live and it felt long overdue. By the time we’d settled in to the downstairs military bunker style room of the Sebright Arms we were itching with anticipation.
On support duties for the evening was Ruby Francis who warmed up the crowd and got heads bobbing across the venue with her bass-heavy brand of electronic soul.
After a short interval Marie’s band took to the stage and her backing singers primed her entrance with a harmonious extended intro of ‘Where the Flowers Grow’, one of our favourite tracks from the Nine EP.
Other favourites from the EP such as ‘Anymore’ and ‘Maybe, One Day’ followed as well as a guest performance from the effortlessly cool Intalekt who hopped on stage to join Marie for their gospel-tinged R&B collab ‘Hold On’.
Marie has one of those voices that sounds like it would literally be impossible for her to hit a flat note. Always impressing but never oversinging, her mellifluous vocal runs transported us straight back to the 90’s golden age of R&B where artists such as Aaliyah, SWV and TLC reigned supreme.
Other highlights of the set included a cover of Donnel Jones’ R&B classic ‘Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me’ and a mesmerising performance of a forthcoming track that featured a live harpist and fellow Danish singer-songwriter Frenchie on guitar and vocals.
This was a performance from a true professional and one of the most polished live acts we’ve seen in a very long time. Bigger stages are calling her and we insist that you’ve got your ticket trigger finger at the ready when they do.