Masked by relative obscurity at an undersold Concorde 2 venue, Sia Furler is perhaps best known for vocal contributions for the melodious Zero 7 – despite the recent release of her third solo album, Some People Have Real Problems. But as tonight’s gig amply demonstrated, Sia is a wonderful artist in her own right.
Support act Scott Mathew’s songs were perhaps a little too mellow and melancholic for Sia’s crowd. But this was forgotten as soon as Sia herself leapt onto stage singing ‘Buttons’, a song which epitomises her humour at dealing with love and loss – “Walk away from me lover, away from me lover / Can’t you see that I am losing my marbles / It’s marvellous losing another, losing another”.
Highlights came in the form of ‘Little Black Sandals’, ‘Sunday’ and ‘Academia’, the latter being perhaps one of the most interesting of Sia’s songs lyrically; “I’m a binary code that you cracked long ago/But to you I’m just a novel that you wish you’d never wrote/I’m greater than x and lesser than y, so why is it/That I still can’t catch your eye?”. And there was, of course, the obligatory helping of Zero 7 songs, with ‘Destiny’, ‘Somersault’ and ‘Pageant of the Bizarre’ being more than well received.
Eccentric and restless onstage, Sia’s hands were never still; whether signing the words to an entire song or ‘singing’ with her hand. Sia’s quirkiness and humour remained present throughout her performance with frequent crowd interaction and anecdotes.
The entrancing and charismatic nature of her performance was well received by the crowd, with prolonged cheering and applause in between every single song; well deserved I might add. Yet it was her vocal performance that stole the show. ‘Ethereal’ would understate the enrapturing richness of Sia Furler’s voice; tiptoeing between thunderously loud, to quiet raspy whispers, yet always polished to perfection.
A truly whimsical and heavenly performer of absolute conviction.