Laura Moody : 99 Mary St : 7th November
Hawk Works, 99 Mary St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
Laura Moody and her Cello play each other. It is sometimes hard to remember that her instrument is only given life by the rough love of her bow, and that the wood which aches and breathes is just the same (I assume) as many other cellos. Laura on the other hand, defies comparison. Tentative comparisons to Joanna Newsome, Kate Bush and PJ Harvey have been offered; though these artists seem apt correlations for her playful, avant garde approach to songwriting the final product is very different.Her songs ooze a clawing immediacy, each song feels like it is crafted on the stage, built with effortless strokes of wit, rather than remembered and reproduced. They are collages of her experience, snapshots of her interests and emotions twisted together into a sublime narrative. She weaves together Hungarian folk music with beat box inspired thwacks of her bow, cod-opera melting into lurching blues. Her lyrics are adorned with shrieks and gasps, even momentarily breaking out into laughter. She will be lay her hat for a few hours in the sand blasted walls of a converted saw factory called 99 Mary St., and offer you a slice of something new to warm your autumn bellys. Tickets are £4 online or £6 on the door. BYOC (bring your own cushion).