Live Review: Charlotte Carpenter @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath – 27/11/2014

A darkened, star-lit Hare & Hounds serves as the perfect backdrop for Charlotte Carpenter’s particular brand of sonorous artistry.  Her first headline tour with band onside, and the room is understandably bristling.

Opening with the tremolo-heavy Woes, Charlotte swiftly purveys the reasoning behind the addition of a backing band, her live show is incredibly true to recent EP, Take It All.

A steady interplay between tracks from previous EP, Whole, sees Sinking and Found A Light either side of the transient lament of If I Could.

With a new found disposition for the electric guitar, Charlotte shares its inception with track Whole, her first foray with the electric, and the self-confessed fulfilment of her “14-year-old Avril Lavigne dreams coming true”.

 Pioneering her first split-set of the headline tour, Stay With Me and Let It Go remind fans of the solo, acoustic witchery that first allured them to Charlotte’s cause.

 With the band returning to the stage for the Lauren Laverne-endorsed Siren Song, and the provocative ensnaring of Every Now And Then, Charlotte debuts a track so fresh that it still awaits a title. Nevertheless, the subtle savvy that has emerged with her band members enhances Charlotte’s capacity further, with exceptional backing vocals and arrangement.

The evocative intimacy of Blood Ties makes for introspective listening with the crowd stilled and openly affected. Proceedings close with the progressive, tumultuousness of Take It All, teeming with intensity and a rousing finish.

If this is a taste of things to come, be ready for a banquet.

Words & photo: Will Pace 

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