The good thing about following talented up-and-comers like Ali Barter around is that we get to see her experiment with new sounds and evolve her songs.
It also doesn’t hurt that we get to explore more of Sydney’s live music scene. Upstairs from Brighton Bar is the cosy Brighton Up bar that gives Sydney-siders a rich, intimate live music experience in the heart of Oxford Street.
You have all the essentials – a little stage to one corner with lush red curtains, and a sweet corner bar on the opposite side, with stools and couches in between. This means your focus is on the performer, the detail of their riffs and the rawness of their voice.
Up first in support was the delightfully whimsical Jack Colwell who combined his theatrical piano with a violinist and a cellist. Think Dresden Dolls meets Arcade Fire – beautiful, epic melodies with a touch of crazy – of the endearing kind.
We at the The 5 to 9 Life have been fortunate enough to watch Ali Barter perform twice now and this time around we could see her building on the rawness of her songs and expanding her band with new sounds.
With the recent release of her EP, we could see Ali tinkering with songs, trying out new ones, and gauging a good fit for her much-anticipated album to come. As usual, we love her engaging mix of [a] haunting mystery girl, nineties grunge and electro-pop.
Watching her [perform] live, it’s quite astounding to see her effortlessly belt out melodies with real power, whilst still seeming effortless and understated – quite a handy trick. You get the impression she’s still got a few things hidden up her sleeve.
Until then, watch this space…
Words and photography by Claire Benito.
Sydney Launch of “AB-EP”
Brighton Up Bar (1/77 Oxford St, Darlinghurst)
Saturday 10 October