Local singer-songwriter McKisko gently draws the ear with an introspective set full of delicate finger-plucked guitar and a pure, haunting voice. I mark her as one to watch — a decision that will repay itself in spades a couple of months down the track when she debuts her album Glorio at The Troubadour to rave reviews.
The star tonight, though, is French chanteuse Mélanie Pain. Best known for her exciting vocal work with musical collective Nouvelle Vague, she’s here to preview her solo release My Name. So, although we are treated to a couple of Nouvelle Vague covers, the 20-plus song set is dominated by material that’s probably unfamiliar to the audience.
Thus it’s testimony to Pain’s magnetic charm, the beauty of her breathy little-girl vocals and the strength of her song-writing that she’s able to captivate the small but enthusiastic crowd so comprehensively. She’s at turns cheeky, impish, poignant, seductive and sultry. And utterly convincing as she transitions from one mood to the next. Her English is gorgeous. Her French is divine. I’m so hooked I want the album at the end — and devastated to find that it’s not available yet. I’m sure I’m not the only one.