English singer-songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy took to a sold out den Atelier on Friday night.
Having shot to fame with her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” at the tender age of 14, it’s easy to forget that Bogaerde is still a teenager. With three albums and world tours to her name, she has accomplished more in her teens than most will in a lifetime. Her new album “Beautiful Lies” has been her most well received to date by the critics and the British public, as it shot up the charts leading to her highest charting record in the UK.
Support came from Dan Owen who looks to be part of a conveyor belt of British singer-songwriter talent. With a voice beyond his years, I’m sure it won’t be too long before we hear his warm rugged vocal tones singing of love lost over the airwaves. Along with his vocal delivery, his affable persona seemed to catch the attention of the crowd from the start, after all it’s not often a musician gets an applause from the crowd when they mention the have CDs for sale at the door.
With the crowd suitably warmed up Birdy took to the stage where she was to find an audience who were there to really listen. You could hear a pin drop in the more delicate moments, even the people at the bar kept it quiet, which is no mean feat but when the haunting ethereal vocals of Birdy took hold it seemed like everyone was under her spell.
It was a great gig for fans of the new album, as she played all but three tracks from it. That’s not to say there wasn’t space for plenty from the first two records, with a set spanning over an 1hr 30 minutes, including 21 songs, there was plenty for all her fans. For a night filled with piano-led confessionals it was left to the eastern feel of “Growing Pains” to open her set.
Tracks such as “Wild Horses” & “Keeping Your Head Up” show there is a new found maturity in her song writing as well as an evolution in her sound, giving it a grander anthemic folk pop feel.
Having spent most of the evening behind the piano, Birdy ventured to the front of the stage for “Words as Weapons” & “Take My Heart”. Leaving her comfort zone, you would expect the shy young singer to look vulnerable but far from it, she looked just as composed with the mic at her hands as she did the keys.
As you’d expect she left the song that launched her career to the end, the cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”. This ended up being her least inspiring performance of the evening but which in turn just highlighted how far she has come since she was launched into the spotlight at such a young age.
Throughout the night her band barley missed a note, they were so tight It felt like someone had put on a CD and pressed play and that’s not a criticism here, I was genially impressed from the sound all evening, the levels were perfect and it was a joy to hear all the musicians in complete harmony.
It’s good to see that Birdy is still progressing and finding her feet as an artist, if she continues on this trajectory she will surely develop into a special songwriter in years to come.
29.04.16 – den Atelier