There’s a real buzz around tonight’s show at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar presented by Love Thy Neighbour and Melting Vinyl; the room bustles with hazy dream-rock lovers, eagerly awaiting the return of Amelia Murray AKA Fazerdaze – back on the south coast after winning hearts at The Great Escape Festival in May.
Before the New Zealander arrives to fill the venue’s walls with her evocative bedroom-born ditties, North Londoners IDER air a finessed set that proves flawlessly sleek under the bluey hue of lights. The duo made up of Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville are all about pin-drop electronica festooned with intricately-woven harmonies and this evening each tune of theirs is a drop of catharsis: ‘Pulse’ is a melancholy electro lament, ‘Learn to Let Go’ is a captivating mix of chiming guitar and skittering beats and ‘King Ruby’ is a gear-shifter that brims with big pop hooks and sonic wizardry. Even the twosome’s stripped-back reworking of OutKast smash ‘Roses’ makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand. As their stint draws to a close with spine-tingling a cappella song ‘GMLAA’, the love in the room is palpable.
Then it’s over to 24-year-old Amelia Murray, who builds on the dizzying momentum with a flurry of guitar-pop nuggets from dazzling debut album ‘Morningside’. The Kiwi songwriter and producer is accompanied on stage by a trio of musicians who bring Fazerdaze’s bedroom-recorded LP to life and together the four are an intoxicating live presence, blending woozy surf melodies, layers of fuzz and earworming riffs to create a deeply evocative atmosphere inside Sticky Mike’s. So evocative, in fact, the mélange of music has us harking back to iconic 80s teen flicks, while at the same time bringing to mind the dreamy lo-fi sounds of Hazel English and Day Wave. The highlights are many: sludgy grunge-pop gem ‘Little Uneasy’ delights, ‘Lucky Girl’ proves giddy and unshakeably infectious and the shimmering slow-burn ‘Jennifer’ caps things off in style. Intimate and effortless, it’s clear that the Fazerdaze party has only just begun.