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MOSS, BT Showcase, BT Tower, London
In an unlikely but enjoyable meeting of Roots Music with strategic
corporate objectives at the top of the BT Tower in London, New Jersey
singer-song writer Allie Moss enjoyed her 15 minutes of fame with a set
comprising heartfelt songs and clever word plays.
Her BT Tower showcase was ostensibly to launch the company's new
'instant internet' fibre optics broadband campaign on the back of a very
catchy Moss penned 'Corner'.
immediate problem for Allie was how to transpose her snappily arranged
recorded version– all plucked strings and polished production – into a
solo acoustic setting.
'Corner' is essentially minimalist in origin, the TV campaign song is
coloured with dampened acoustic strings, harp, vibes, handclaps, and a
string of vocalised 'doo doo's', 'oohs and aahs' and 'la la la's which
make for the kind of infectious impact that probably drew her corporate
sponsors to the song in the first place.
But like a
true troubadour she made light of any potential problems by quickly
establishing her musical song-writing credentials with a delicate but
confident vocal range and gentle acoustic accompaniment.
immediately showed her full range on the impressive opener 'Passerby' on
which the stop-starts were as subtly effective as her earthy voice which
cut through the silence with emotive purpose. 'Passerby' is the kind
song where every breath, every 'hmmm' is full of feel.
And if that
was a good start, she further impressed on a sad love song 'Melancholy
Astronautic Man' complete with a wordy hook. Like Judie Sill all those
years ago Allie Moss is a fine balladeer but an alt. indie folk artist
with real presence, recalling the coffee house folk-rock of a previous
A brace of new songs suggested further clever narratives before she
played one of her very best efforts, the mesmerising 'Late Bloomer'. The
song featured a judicious use of deliberate phrasing, occasional
pregnant pauses and a full vocal range from a sensual whisper to full
falsetto. The song may not be autobiographical but certainly in terms of
her belated blooming career it acts as the perfect metaphor.
And so to the song that brought us all to this unlikely venue, the very
catchy 'Corner'. With a vague sense of recognition of the song the
audience craned their necks, stood on their tip toes and emoted along
with the new voice of BT.
may have struck gold with 'Corner', but she's got an equally interesting
catalogue of songs on a par with her breakthrough song. This was a case
of real potential being fulfilled in front of our very eyes.
Review by Pete Feenstra
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