Ren Harvieu and James Morrison @ Under The Bridge

Originally published on Londonist November 22

The quality of London’s concert venues is truly astounding. Whether it’s the humbling beauty of the Union Chapel or peeling wall grit of Notting Hill Arts Club our city is the place to play for any artist. Now there is a new venue clawing to join the iconic club circuit, and it’s not where you’d expect.

Under the Bridge is a music venue underneath the stands of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, and tonight he venue is filled with competition winners, corporate hospitality and hacks, but there is a genuine atmosphere of excitement, and deservedly so because on stage is the classically sultry voice of Ren Harvieu.

Backed by only a piano, Harvieu is swathed in the history of her predecessors such as Billie Holiday and Sam Brown, and embraces the late-night tales of jazz-noir which many contemporaries ditch for over bawled Florence-esque pomposity.

There’s a dark and moody understatement to her impeccable demeanour and voice, beyond her 21 years which will challenge any contender in the sounds of 2012 lists. With friends like the Smiths’ Johnny Marr and Glasvegas’ James Allen she’s keeping the right company and her cover of Roy Orbison’s Cryin’, and own song Forever In Blue, set her uniquely between Anna Calvi and Lana Del Rey, while surpassing both.….CONTINUE READING HERE


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