Earlier this year Odette set the benchmark for what albums should be striving to invoke from listeners in 2021 with her beautifully penned sophomore record ‘Herald’. Already cementing a very special place in my heart as one of my favourite albums of the year, the singer-songwriter has finally been able to bring the record to the live stage. Capturing the raw emotional essence of the album as well as the contrast of big pop soundscapes, the ‘Herald Australian Tour’ is a moment of reflection and celebration of our trials and tribulations.
Kicking off her two headlining Brisbane shows at The Triffid, she took her place in the spotlight with her live band for the opening song ‘Feverbreak’. From there she offered ‘Herald’, ‘Collide’ and Trial By Fire’ which was given an epic little keyboard solo at the end. Excitingly thanking the crowd for coming out to sing and dance with her, she announced it was time for her band to leave the stage so she could get a little emo with the crowd. “I’m gonna play some really sad songs now” she proclaimed. And followed was exactly that with ‘Lotus Eaters’ and ‘Foghorn’ which saw her band then returning halfway through to help sonically build the songs atmosphere.
“This next song is one of my favourite tracks on the album” she confessed when introducing ‘Amends’ which was just as freeing live as it is recorded. ‘Watch Me Read You’, ‘Dwell’, and her triple j Like A Version cover of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ followed before she closed the show with the therapeutic ‘What I Know Is Not Enough’. But obviously that wasn’t REALLY the end. Returning to the stage for ‘Take It To The Heart’ and the humble closer ‘Mandible’, she had you feeling like you were standing just in a living room with her while she belted out these emotional unravellings.
Odette’s personality truly shines on the live stage. Her banter and energy with the crowd is electric and plays as a perfect contrast to the emotional heaviness of the lyricism. From having you smiling ear-to-ear, to laughing whole heartedly, to delicately holding onto your heart, and even shedding a tear, this show had you feeling it all while also being in awe of her ridiculous talent.
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Photos by Tam Schilling
Herald Australian Tour
Thursday 3 June – Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga
Friday 4 June – Factory Theatre, Sydney (Early show) *SOLD OUT*
Friday 4 June – Factory Theatre, Sydney (Late show)
Saturday 5 June – The Cambridge, Newcastle (Early show) *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 5 June – The Cambridge, Newcastle (Late show)
Friday 11 June – Unibar, Wollongong
Saturday 12 June – Anu Kambri, Canberra
Friday 18 June – The Rosemount, Perth (Early show) *SOLD OUT*