The Verse’s Rebecca Bench reviews one woman band Laura J Martin’s mesmerising set at Marwood Cafe on the 6th December.
If you haven’t been there yet (and why haven’t you?!), Marwood Cafe is an incredibly eccentric venue; with a mannequin hand for a door handle and toys hanging from the ceiling, you’d find it difficult to find a quirkier setting even in Brighton. Consequently, Marwood was very fitting for Laura J. Martin and her support Yumi and the Weather as their music was experimental and their performances were very unique.
The only issue of the night occurred when we arrived at the venue as due to technical difficulties the door and subsequently the stage times had to be moved back. Thankfully due to the gig being in a café this was not an issue, as there were plenty of tables available downstairs to wait and have a drink.
The support Yumi and the Weather was very interesting as she is currently a one-woman band. Despite this, her performance had an incredibly full sound to it and listening to her music you wouldn’t think she’d be able to do reproduce it alone bit she did rather successfully. Her music was very electronic, even her voice had an electronic sound but in a more ethereal way, which was quite a feat considering how much she moved around and danced during her set. She clearly loves performing as she was visibly excited about being onstage. Her set was very short but is definitely the kind of artist you would want to see again.
Laura J. Martin’s set was also fairly short, but she did manage to pack a lot in. After releasing her third studio album On the Never Never earlier this year, it seems she has hardly stopped touring. She played with a full band on this date of the tour and her sound was very experimental as she played the flute in a number of her songs. Her latest album which focuses on the way she feels when she returns home to Liverpool was her main focus when talking to the audience throughout her show. Despite the upbeat tones in her music the lyrics unveil her discontent with the gentrification of urban areas like her hometown. This album seems incredibly fitting within the context of 2016 and her concern for such issues is probably what made her performance less upbeat than Yumi and the Weather’s, although just as lovely.