From spine-tingling renditions of their latest singles to heart-warming covers, our favourite artists dropped some super impressive live videos this week.
Lorde – ‘I’m On Fire’ (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
Always ready to surprise, Lorde pulled out a spontaneous cover of the Bruce Springsteen classic ‘I’m On Fire’, during her show at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch. Fittingly, Springsteen covered her track ‘Royals‘ in New Zealand three years earlier. Having only practiced it with her guitarist during soundcheck that day, Lorde’s heartfelt but understated performance feels like that of a true fan (albeit one with an incredibly soulful voice) as is clear in her joyous expression at the end. Lorde has just kicked off her national tour, celebrating her huge sophomore album Melodrama.
Gordi – ‘Myriad’
Canowindra songstress Gordi shared a rousing rendition of ‘Myriad‘, from her innovative debut album Reservoir. Performing at Hordern Pavilion, Gordi’s deep and distinctive voice took the spotlight, over sparse and atmospheric soundscapes. The anthemic track had the audience singing along in united hope, as even with a pitch shifter on her voice, Gordi’s performance remained intensely personal.
Brightness – ‘Oblivion’
In one of three new live videos, Lake Macquarie artist Brightness performed his lead single ‘Oblivion‘, in a sweetly retro rehearsal room. With a muted colour palette and film shots, the clip looks as pretty as it sounds, with Brightness singing tenderly about caring for someone going through a troubling time. Taken from his debut album Teething, the performance captures Brightness’s unique blend of low-fi softness and guitar grit, catch the rest of them here.
Vera Blue – ‘Regular Touch’
Folk/electronic songstress Vera Blue has shared a delightful live performance of her highly danceable single ‘Regular Touch‘, taken from her latest album Perennial. Performing at Paddington Town Hall with a stage full of instrumentalists and backing singers, the Sydney-based artist flourished with her honey sweet voice rising above the catchy collection of synths and percussion. Watch for her enviable red hair and super cool light up snare drum.
Marlon Williams – ‘Vampire Again’
Just in time for halloween, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams shared a raw and rockin rendition of his single ‘Vampire Again’, taken from his anticipated sophomore album Make Way For Love. Swaying through the masses of swirling guitars and racous garage riffs, Williams captures the audience with his laid back charm, as his voice floats between pure and unleashed. Williams will finally be bringing his oddly romantic rock tunes to our shores this coming May, check out the details here.
Slum Sociable – ‘Castle’
Jazz/soul/electronic duo Slum Sociable stripped everything back for a hauntingly intimate rendition of their single ‘Castle‘. Miller Upchurch’s vocals are rich and full of yearning over a bare piano arrangement by Edward Quinn, fully exposing the vulnerability of the track from their upcoming debut album. Filled with authentic anxiety, but also tenderness, audiences can expect similarly evocative performances when the duo tour across Australia this December.
British India – ‘Take Me With You’
Melbourne rock legends British India have dropped a slick live version of their single ‘Take Me With You‘, taken from their new high-power album Forgetting The Future. The video, released through Apple Music, sees the fearless four piece rip through the gutsy track, as Declan Melia’s yearning vocals soar over tantalising guitar riffs and sharp drums. British India are currently touring the country in celebration of their sixth album, see if you can catch them here.
Sam Smith – ‘The Thrill Of It All’
London singer-songwriter Sam Smith shared a live Facebook video on the day of his new album release The Thrill Of It All, performing favourite ‘Lay Me Down‘ alongside his new material to a hushed audience. Accompanied by only a smattering of piano chords and sparse strings, Smith’s perfectly angelic voice rang through the London hall with a rare iconic richness. Sam Smith is playing a sold out show at the Sydney Opera House this January, with all profits being donated to ReachOut, Twenty10 and the Equality Campaign.