Woo! It’s Monday night…….hang on. So not usually the most exciting nights of the week, but an opportunity to see Roxanne De Bastion is certainly something to shout about.
Some of you who read my blog regularly will know that I am somewhat of a fan of the endearing and charming Roxanne. A captivating performer who plays wonderful acoustic pop songs that melt the soul and have you transfixed for the duration. It’s not only her performance that we are treated to tonight, oh no, but the debut screening of her new video for new single ‘Indie Electro Pop’.
The evening is kicked off by 60’s pop enthusiasts, ‘Itchy Teeth’. In all honesty I was strangely compelled by their Dandy Warhols-esque summer pop stylings. They did however pull out the Beatles medley, that’s right I said medley. Not just one cover, but a fucking medley, so I kinda lost interest a bit. It was, however, their Syd Barrett/Noel Fielding jackets that won me over though. So for the nostalgic, trippy, Sgt. Peppers style outfits, I was intrigued enough to stick around and tap a foot.
After the summery guitar tinkering from Itchy Teeth, Roxanne takes to the stage to a packed out Notting Hill Arts Club. She opens up with Doorbell by The White Stripes and it’s the enchanting stance she takes that grabs the audience’s attention. This is followed by brand new single ‘Indie Electro Pop’ which is an ode to all the skinny jean wearing Indie Electro bands of late. With this, Roxanne has this tongue in cheek approach to song writing which is reminiscent of one Regina Spektor. A delightfully alluring tone to her voice, that you cannot help but be absorbed by. One of the highlights is the audience participating ‘Buckling Up’. Amidst the gathering of West London socialites, the crowd were very receptive and sang cheerfully, which was just humbling to hear.
After the set comes the debut screening of the video for ‘Indie Electro Pop’. A nostalgic trip for me, as the overall feel and band arrangement of the song reminds me of 90s Indie starlets, Sleeper. A free-spirited and playful combination of sublime imagery with infectious hooks, a triumphant introduction into the world of Roxanne De Bastion.
If I could, I would talk all day about how wondrous and fascinating Roxanne is to watch, so you do have to check out her music and go see her perform. Also speaking to her this evening, she told me the new single will be released very soon, so keep those ears peeled. (Insert smiley face)