Intimate and honest: George Ezra charms Shoreditch Town Hall
It doesn’t feel like it, but it was four years since George Ezra graced the airways with the charmingly lovable “Budapest” from the album “Wanted on Voyage”. Many, including Ezra himself, say what sold his music and put him in the spotlight back in 2014, was his surprising soulful voice. The deep tones which have been referred to as “Barry White-esque” are undeniably an endearing feature of his, and the merits of it are best showcased in George Ezra’s live show more than anywhere else.
Throughout his career, Ezra’s signature sound has filled the rooms of many iconic venues; from Brixton Academy to The Royal Albert Hall. However, a place like Shoreditch Town Hall feels like the perfect place to test the waters of his new material; intimate and honest, much like Ezra’s music itself. The singer’s sophomore album is due to be released in March and in this exclusive pre-show for the release he opens with the lead single, “Don’t Matter Now”. Immediately, the coupling of Ezra’s signature voice and those accented guitars has the crowd absorbed in his stage presence.
Ezra comes across very similar to his studio recordings. But don’t be mistaken, it’s clear he has the experience of working a room full of concert goers. Maybe it’s because the success of his debut demanded or maybe the intense, intimate settings worked in the favour of Ezra’s live performance style. It’s also worth mentioning the chemistry of George Ezra and his live band was one of the main things to invigorate and pup life this to the surprisingly diverse crowd.
goes on to play more crowd favourites like “Cassy O’” and “Blame It On Me”, his distinctive blues style carries along every single song in the performance, along with his charming personality earning laughs from the audience. The maturity in his melancholy for sure feels refreshing, however, there are parts of the performance that seem to feel lost, possibly due to the slew of unheard songs. It’s only two songs in before Ezra plays an unheard song for the crowd, “Pretty Shiny People”. While the upbeat tune probably earns its place on the forthcoming album, the live version runs the risk of losing listeners. But the show soon finds its momentum again as Ezra goes into “Barcelona”, but not before making an off-hand comment that the new record was penned during a recent Spanish adventure; not unlike the last record which came to fruition during his interrailing escapades.
As could be expected, Ezra and his band close the set with “Budapest”. But the good thing about having a solid base of songs and a fanbase who actually care about your music is that the energy seen during this song is pretty much replicated throughout the show. If anything, this a testament that armed with his Gibson and these willowy new songs, George Ezra has proved he has the staying power, along with the following, of the indie pop sweetheart he’s destined to be.
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