On a wet and stormy Friday night in Sydney, Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter Sahara Beck plugged in at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar as part of her East Coast tour to support her current single “Here we go again”.
Local boy Billy Fox opened proceedings with his fusion of indie pop and electronica, with a surprisingly full sound for a guy with just a guitar and a myriad of equipment. His impressive vocal range saw him hitting both the high falsettos, as well as the crooning lows.
Initially unrecognisable in her newly darkened hair, Sahara Beck took to the stage with accompaniment from her regular drummer and percussionist, together with a keyboardist and bass guitarist. Kicking off with a few new tracks which will see the light of day in recorded form in early 2019, it is clearly evident that her latest work sees her heading in more of a pop direction than what we heard on her last album “Panacea”. Fans of her previous work weren’t disappointed though as past gems including “Spinning time”, “Mother mother” and the super catchy “Tapping on the roof” all got a look in to an extremely appreciative audience.
Billy Fox made a return to the stage to add his guest vocals to an r n’ b standard with Sahara and band, just showing the depth to her material and similar versatility as an artist with the dancefloor happening by this time with the punters clearly enjoying the show.
The tail end of the set saw some really promising new songs get what was probably their first airing for a Sydney crowd, with “The Creators”, a track which Sahara mentioned was about creative people, as she asked for a show of hands as to how many musicians were in the room, “I haven’t done a thing all day”, the current single “Here we go again” and the very impressive perfect pop tune “Kryptonite” closing the set.
If the new material that Sahara Beck shared with the crowd is anything to go by, then her upcoming material scheduled for 2019 will no doubt bring this very talented artist many more fans.