To decipher Gabrielle Aplin as this seasons Beth Orton mixed with last years PJHarvey seems pretty crass and unfair.
Aplin has the style, sass and panache to clearly be regarded as a unique artist; at least one within a particular genre.
Live she puts on a show which is clearly well thought through. Everything from the set list to the backing band have been well chosen and fit her particular image well. It’s polite, informal, self-mocking, stylish- all mixed with a hint of indie polish.
Her cover of space oddity is a personal highlight. Whilst an obvious bowie cover/tribute its brilliantly arranged and draws out the lyrical highs of the song. Its the first thing I experience which brings me to Bowie induced tears. Almost. If only I wasn’t heartless.
A delightful little surprise from a new favourite.