Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory was the place to be last Saturday night, as here, Lakyn was performing one of the last shows on his Australia-wide ‘for my amigos’ tour.
Heading in, the venue was filled with the psychedelic, grungy sound of New Zealand duo, Dual. With boundless energy, impressive vocals and a clear sense of fun, they pulled off an awesome set, performing songs such as ‘Vidgame’ and ‘Richochet.’
This was followed by new and upcoming Imbi the Girl. As pointed out later by Lakyn, this was their first (ever!) show. You wouldn’t have guessed, as Imbi worked the stage with confidence, style and energy. Hip hop beats, paired with layered vocals; Imbi’s sound is ever so slightly reminiscent of the late Miss Winehouse. Songs were catchy, unique and filled with some seriously speedy vocals. Imbi also performed a beautiful poem, ‘smoke passes,’ which touched on themes of light and darkness in one’s life. This was received by silent, appreciative, and unwavering audience attention. The performance came to an end, concluding with ‘Acidic,’ but leaving us with the knowledge that Imbi the Girl is a space to watch.
A short while after, Lakyn ambled onto stage, in his half–asleep, modest kind of way. If you ever watched The Voice Australia, you may remember him from one of the earliest seasons. Don’t be too quick to put him in a box though, similar to artists Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell, Lakyn’s sound makes you soon forget this fact.
With brief, offhanded song intros, his performance style was relaxed and entirely genuine. He showed impressive vocal diversity, performing his latest singles such as ‘view looks so good’, as well as a couple of recently written originals, like ‘talladega nights.’ Lakyn’s voice oozes passion, emotion and soul – he can make someone tear up whilst covering Beyonce (really). This gig was no different as he performed consistent, heartfelt vocals. The audience was lulled into a trance and taken along on Lakyn’s emotive, lyrical journey. He mixed it up with some funk, in a unique rendition of Mario’s ‘Let me Love you,’ which had the room dancing – before finally concluding with a flawless performance of his latest single, ‘West.’
Photography by Dominique Berns-Blackwell.