Exciting singer of song and pop’s in-house ant expert Kiesza performed her first ‘headline’ show at London’s Electrowerkz last night. For a singer who’s single went straight to Number 1 and has since sold upwards of 300,000 copies, she initially seems to have out-grown the venue. Imagine if Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Do It Well’ brothel dabbled in live music on the side. But then Kiesza’s almost feels as accidental as the venue itself. ‘Hideaway’ was released on indie label Lokal Legend, and the singer herself has been through different guises before settling on the pop star we sort-of know today.
She opened the set with new song ‘No Enemiesz’ (gettit cos she threw a ‘z’ into her own name), which is a corker. The song is about a guy that is being a bit of a dick but you still want them. Think ‘Show Me Love’ but nowhere near as good. But then that is one of the greatest songs of all time. ‘Giant In My Heart’ followed, which sounds like what the record label might go with for the second single. It sounds a bit like what last year’s X Factor winner would release if she wasn’t Sam Bailey (ie a vanilla version of house music). The main problem with the new Kiesza music is that it’s all a bit formulaic; once you’ve heard ‘Hideaway’ you’ve heard them all. There was one proper chorus in the whole set, for example. There was a lot of ‘oohing’, ‘aahing’ and ‘wooing’ though.
The biggest cheer of the night came after her piano version of Haddaway’s ‘What Is Love’. It still doesn’t make much sense, but she sang the hell out of it. After some mohawk-chat came another cover, this time of Alexandra Burke’s/Jeff Buckley’s/every musician at some point’s ‘Hallelujah’. It started of as another acoustic ballad, before becoming a weird hip-hop version that’s not a million miles away from The Chimes’ version of ‘Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. It was very good, but let’s be honest, the definitive version of ‘Hallelujah’ is this:
She then closed the set with ‘Hideaway’, which came as a surprise to every single person in the venue. Not the fact that she performed it, more that she closed the set after a mere five songs. Imagine walking into McDonalds and rather than giving you a Big Mac, they gave you a burger bun that had marinated in burger oil. The taste was sort of there, but it was still a bit underwhelming (plus who likes going to a gig that is over before 10pm?). That being said, she has more star power than any other up-and-coming popstar right now. Plus she can dance and sing at the same time. Sort the ‘choons’ (ie get some more) and live show out and there’s a very exciting popstar.
Perhaps the best thing about it all was that her mum was right at the front. At one point, she even reached up to touch her daughter’s hand. It was incredible.