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SnowApple, fantasy and performances that go beyond music

Around half past seven in the evening the first supporting artist began and so an intimate event started at one of the most fashionable venues in East London, The Slaughtered Lamb. It was easy to get lost in the dark, cozy but intimate, but it had a bohemian vibe. The unknown artist, with an acoustic guitar and a cool indie look, maybe broke that French atmosphere as he sang (with an inexperience and nervousness that you could easily see from a mile away, because of his youth among other things) popular songs by artists such as Beyoncé. Immediately after, a young woman with just a synthesizer created a clerical music, almost Gregorian with mournful  connotations mixing some recorded voices, all of them her own (even more sinister if possible), her voice live. The end result felt more superficial and cheesy than mystic.

The grand finale came at last when three fun girls, embellished with decorations (they looked like a younger version of the old women trio from the animation Les Triplettes de Belleville) walked very quickly among the audience until they hid behind a theatre curtain which was part of the staging and that gave us a clue of the showmanship that would direct the show.

The curtains drew open and everybody could enjoy the great picture of those three figures dressed with the same skirts (each one in a different color), identical white blouses, Venetian masks as their headdresses, artificial eyebrows and singular hairstyles. For a moment, it was just like being in front of the three fairies in The Sleeping Beauty (the only thing missing was the magic wand). That way, they opened the show with their new single Small Stone.

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For someone who had just met the band, as is my case, it was easy to identify each of them. On the left, playing the keyboard was Laura, a talented composer who has been writing music for twelve years, and also conduction orchestras. In the center was Una, playing the xylophone and the mandolin, a well-known jazz singer in France and the Netherlands, and daughter of the popular South African saxophonist Sean Bergin. Last but not least, on the right side was Laurien, playing an acoustic guitar; she herself is a super charismatic opera singer who is also a model for the prestigious fashion designer Mo Benchellal. Her easy handling of the performance attracted a great deal of attention and her incredible voice made your hair stand on end. Tall and languid and with her eyes wide open, she gave off fantasy and personality, reminiscent of Kate Bush in the prime of her career. They were also accompanied by their drummer (blond wig included) and their guitar player.

Their music is hard to define for the band mix pop, folk, psychedelia and classical elements. All of this gives it a twist, turning those classic sounds into something very modern, cutting-edge and tasteful.

The visual dimension was, doubtlessly, the great protagonist of the show with a fantastic staging, rich aesthetics with dramatization, apart from quality music. And everything was done with an amazingly natural and good mood, which made people ask for more when the show was about to end. Consequently, they answered with a big smile: «We have more concerts around the United Kingdom».

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