The Verse’s Lou Clement previews The Magic Numbers’ Michele Stodart’s show at Brighton’s Komedia on Tuesday 27th September
I remember when I heard the happy bounce of The Magic Numbers’ first hit single Forever Lost. It was one of those infectious tunes and with a zippy blend of female and male vocals. The female vocals were that of Michele Stodart, also the band’s bass player.
A few years ago, whilst out and about, my friends and I saw the band drinking in the Edinboro Castle in Camden. My friends went up to say hello and to get a hug – it seemed like the right thing to do. There was something warm-hearted about their music, which made you feel like that might be friendly (which they were) – maybe it’s because members of the band are related, but it’s also because the sound they make is both familiar and a successful blend of folk and pop. Also, their lyrics are sympathetic to modern life’s ups and downs.
Anyway enough about the band; Michele Stodart has been releasing solo material in her own right for a few years, and her 2016 tour begins this September and with a stop off in Brighton. Her folk vocals have matured and shown confidence, her new single Ain’t No Woman drawing on a delicate bluesy vibe. It’s great to hear Michele centre stage – her songs are intimate and sincere. Michele has said that she remembers listening to Patsy Cline when she was growing up. This is something I relate to – country music being very much part of my past – and I’m really looking forward to hearing Michele Stodart perform.
Michele Stodart released her second solo album Pieces in July this year; she plays the Komedia on Tuesday 27 September.