[FRANCE ~ AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE]
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Sun 13 Jan.
A solitary petite figure on stage clutching an electric guitar launches into some gentle but melodically captivating folk pop songs. With the aid of some quirky rhythms and some sonic playfulness via a stack of effects pedals on the floor, her songs are pure listening pleasure. Ladylike Lily seems a slightly odd name for French artist Orianne Marsilli to take on, but it does add to the wistfulness of her set.
Lily is confident enough to introduce her songs in English, but the songs are primarily in French. She quickly builds a rapport with the audience, explaining that it is difficult to perform such melancholy songs when she is so happy, having recently been married. Songs such as Dans La Matiere and I’m Terrified Of Being were highlights. At the end of her set the applause is enthusiastic.
After a very short break a five-piece band takes the stage; an elegantly dressed Lys Cogui is joined by songwriter/guitarist Cyril Catarsi, guitarist Gaëtan Grandjean, drummer Matthieu Garreau, and bassist Gilluame Lehagre. The music has perhaps more of a jazz/cabaret sensibility, which makes The Midnight Revolution also seem a slightly strange name for a band that is anything but. Ethereal perhaps? Maybe even dreamlike? But not revolutionary.
Lys’s English is less confident. This is apparently the band’s first performance outside of France, and she finds it a little difficult to explain the meanings of the songs, so we have to let the songs do the talking.
The songs are mainly slow and build to allow Lys Cogui to demonstrate her impressive vocal range and hypnotising voice. Gaetan’s guitar work is probably what earns them the ‘psychedelic’ tag, but the arrangements allow the band’s musical prowess to shine. Little Bird and the final song Love In London were highlights.
Applause for Midnight Revolution is politely enthusiastic, and we file past the queues of people wanting to buy CDs thinking that the Adelaide French Festival has once again introduced us to some musical gems we may not have otherwise discovered.