LIVE REVIEW: Georgia May, Lizzie Esau @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle (13.09.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Such is the clamour to see live music again, this series of socially-distanced Tyne Bank Brewery concerts is proving to be a lifeline for fans and musicians alike, and it’s a healthy sized crowd that greets diminutive songwriter Lizzie Esau as she takes to the stage. Opening with the slow build of Keep On, her lush vocals, keys and backing track mesmerise. The dreamy I Don’t Mind is also given the backing track treatment, but What I’ve Found finds Esau’s voice backed solely by her superb piano playing and it’s the strongest track so far. Tellingly, it’s her new unreleased tracks that stand out the most, with the infectious riff of Favourite and Something Missing, a sure-fire future club mix anthem, pointing towards a bright future.  

In spite of, well, everything, Georgia May released her debut album Mood Daze earlier this year and it’s been one truly positive highlight of a year that has offered very few. For an hour or so we are able to forget the madness that’s going on as Georgia soothes our pains with her emotive vocal on the trip-hop of her album title track, the old school R’n’B of the lustful ache that inspired Guessin’ and the soulful Euphoria with its incredible rhyme and rhythm. Her calling card Soul Sister, with its Afrobeats and chorus that Aretha would have been proud of, is a true modern day classic, it’s brevity almost a tease as another minute or so would have seen revellers out of their seats and dancing on the tables.

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