(ed note: Fallulah is a perfect example of why we started Nordic Spotlight. Back in May I was lucky enough to experience Maria Apetri and band perform at the Spot Festival in their home country of Denmark. It was a packed house of fans jumping up and down, cheering, and the band was on fire. A spectacular show! Here in America word has not spread enough (yet)...so listen up America...hop on this bandwagon...and do it now!)
Landing just a few hours before the show and as jetlagged as they were...you would never have known it. Fallulah jumped right in with the energy of a little pink bunny hitting a bass-drum.
Tonight’s show at Littlefield was in support of Tinderbox Music Festival (see below).
Fallulah’s sound is tough to sum up in one genre - she grabs pieces of blues, jazz, pop, and Baltic rhythms – throws it into a blender, presses mix, and pours out a delicious smoothie of awesomeness.
Fallulah's voice is well-rounded with a touch of rasp that floats playfully yet intently through her melodies. Backed by a tight band of musicians that create a soundscape, from the slow and dramatic "Give Us a Little Love" to the grooving thumpiness of "Only Human" all while having fun up there. The band also adds extra elements that takes the studio recordings to the next level and the backing vocals perfectly compliment her.
As the group warmed up you could witness a transformation in the performance and Fallulah herself started demonstrating her wonderful footwork skills. Bouncing around, she energizing her vocals even more, and turned a tambourine into a stylistic headpiece...all with a giant smile.
She joyfully played with the audience “I wonder why people stand so for from the stage? I'm not that scary...I'll play something up-tempo so move forward!” which the crowd immediately followed her simple request and starts dancing.
“New York You are My Concrete Lover” which was written after she spent some time in NYC...she stated, "5 years ago I wanted to do music for the rest of my life...I fell in love with NY, so I wanted to write a love song" And with that the band rips into a punk-style rocker that really captured the essence of what is all New York City
Unfortunately for the audience, these CMJ sets are usually short, which they closed out with a nice little number called, "Bridges"
New York is ecstatic that you consider us your concrete lover…please call us anytime….we’ll be sure to ‘pick up the phone'.
Album: The Black Cat Neighbourhood
Here's a shot from the 2011 Spot Festival in Århus, Denmark.