Review: Birdy Sells Out Neumos for Intimate Performance

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Young indie folk singer-songstress Birdy took the stage around 9:00 P.M., to a packed-out Neumos, who was ready to share the night with her. She took her place behind the piano in the middle of the stage and seemed to be completely one with her audience.

It was the last stop of her very successful tour supporting her latest album released in March Beautiful Lies. At only 20 years old, Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde has shown incredible music skills, immersing her more and more into the industry that craves such uniqueness and talent.

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The set started with “Growing Pains,” followed by a heartfelt cover of Cherry Ghost’s “People Help the People,” which silenced the entire venue. I also enjoyed her cover of “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous, which was followed with “Wild Horses” and “Save Yourself.”

She seemed shy, but still interacted with the fans, thanking them for their support and for being there. Before she began “Lost it All,” she shared, “I started writing songs at a very young age, and this next one is about taking control of that.” She grabbed her guitar after and stood for “Words as Weapons,” which she did twice during the night.

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The more she went on to play, the more I was captivated by her voice and the harmony of the lyrics and music combined. This is what I search for when I see new acts, the power to pull me in at their live shows. It’s no surprise she’s spreading so fast, she’s incredibly talented and deserves it.
After “Give Up,” she played a cover of “Terrible Love” by The National, “Words,” and the title track of her album, “Beautiful Lies.”

Her encore of three songs ended with her extraordinary cover of “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver, which launched her to popularity when she was just 14 years old. I’m glad I had a chance to see her in a smaller venue, as I’m sure she will not be returning to somewhere so small again when she returns to Seattle.

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Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.