London Gigs

London Gigs: 18-24 April 2016

Laura J Martin’s brand of spooked pop means that comparisons to Kate Bush and Joanna Newsom are inevitable – and actually quite unflattering. There’s more to the Liverpudlian than such easy referencing might suggest; yes, she’s got the haunting voice and a whole orchestra of instrumentation, but her music is a lively, fascinating feast well worth diving into. Her new EP, fronted by single I Can’t Bear To Feel Myself Forgotten, on 27 May – the same day she’s due to play at the Lexington.

Richmond Fontaine bring their tenth – and final – album to Camden’s Dingwalls this week. The band recorded You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To in their native Portland, and it’s a poetic, melancholic sign-off. Frontman Willy Vlautin describes it thus: “I wrote You Can’t Go Back…to give an end piece for all the characters who inhabited the world of Richmond Fontaine over the years…in the end they try to go back home where they were when RF first began.” Expect an emotional, highly charged show on Wednesday 20 April.

Norway’s Susanna plays at Cafe Oto on Tuesday 19 April. Known for interpretations of songs by Joy Division, Leonard Cohen and AC/DC, her original work is by no means an after thought. Her latest release, Triangle, re-examines her relationship with spirituality, belief and superstition. It’s intensely felt, with layers of voice, electronics and effects. Support comes from fellow Norwegians, Splashgirl.

Tom Odell will be feeling the pressure of the tricky second album more than most. The 2013 BRIT’s Critics Choice award winner’s debut, Long Way Down, sold a cool million copies, so there’ll be plenty of eyes and ears waiting to see how its follow up, Wrong Crowd, does when it’s released in June. He’ll be previewing tracks from it at an intimate gig at Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 20 April.

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