Ailbhe Reddy is another Irish artist who has been on our radar for a long time and we finally got to see her live for the first time here in The Grand Social. Immediately from the off there is an undeniable level of confidence to her first song ‘Inch Closer’. Seamlessly everything falls into place. In her emancipated demeanour her voice explicitly moves the tender aspects through in the right way. She then retains that hold in her voice in way that sees her step up to the plate on ‘Cover Me’. It is a quality that adds a choice sense of distinction in how it is called out on the approach. While the dalliance in the guitar also provides a rich calling to give it the sense of completion it deserves. Her cover of Elliott Smith’s ‘Twilight’ was then followed by the marvellous ‘By The Quays’. The sweeping quality on show deservedly picks up. As it does there is a broader showing about everything. The finite urgency also comes through in a telling way here which is guided expertly by the resolute sense of direction at her command.
As the pertinence abounds from the off on ‘Timberlake’, the reflection in the lyrics is tastefully channelled through. What also shows in the content gives it all a much noted sense of maturity. Also on show in the proactive showing that shelters everything in terms of how it is shaped. In a way it is a love song but not a love song. That interesting contrast is where it finds its own identity. What also stand it good stead are the richly exuded timings that are harmonised to great effect. No pun intended, but ‘Flesh And Blood’ is finely fleshed out. You detect a strong of dependability that stands it good stead. It is a mature effort and one that graduates in a telling way from the grounded approach.
With ‘Swansong’ she finds the worth in the richness of her lyrics. That noted sense of investment is found from how it is all brought together here. There is also a heightened sense of artistic integrity here which is projected in the warmth of the delivery as things are taken where they need to go. ‘Love Your Son’ is the closing track on her EP ‘Dwell’. Here the combination of piano and guitar are a sweet pairing which travel well. The fragile quality of her voce gives it a rich gain. This heightens the sense of intimacy in the process and retains the closeness in a fortunate way. She makes good use of the well versed calling of her vocal range on her closing song ‘Coffee’. There is a delicate quality that tees everything up neatly. What is also solid about this is the sense of depth lyrically. The song comes full circle through the subject of the object of affection. This is possibly an unrequited love or infatuation but the slowed down moments imbue it with a cautious affection. After she finished her set ‘Harvest Moon ‘ by Neil Young played out in the venue and it felt as if she had warmed up for him in terms of how it seemed to feel as if it extended proceedings. Just one of those things I guess.
For more cutting edge music check out the latest issue of Unsigned & Independent