Broxbourne’s Ivy and Gold (aka Rachel Wilkinson and Jamie Davies) were in London Wednesday evening (17th September 2014) to celebrate the release of their new EP ‘Smoke & Mirrors’, with a rather special live headline performance at the stunning ‘St. Pancras Old Church’. After a busy year for the electro-pop duo this was an opportunity to air their new material as well as tracks from their previous releases, the ‘Eye of the Storm’ and ‘Awake’ EP’s.
The sold-out show at St Pancras Old Church confirmed that the band are very much in the ascendency. Memorable harmonies, delicious pop hooks and stunning vocals combined to showcase an already impressive catalogue of music. I’ve seen gigs here in the past where the artist has always seemed second best to the historic and beautiful surroundings, but not this evening. It seemed fitting that the duo were joined by an orchestral section, considering the venue, and the relationship between old and the new fitted perfectly.
The set kicked off with ‘The Town’ from the ‘Awake’ EP and at this point you immediately realised the strength of Wilkinson’ vocals. In a venue synonymous for an angelic presence her vocals had a quite sultry and wicked element to them. The duo’s latest track ‘Animals’ was clearly one of the stand-out tracks from the evening and came early in the set. It’s a track with real legs (excuse the pun) and is quite easily their strongest release to date, deserving its rapturous applause.
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The highlight of the evening was the stunning rendition of ‘Ghosts’ (again from the ‘Awake’ EP). The marriage between the acoustics of the church and instrumentation were to be applauded. The track seemed to gain a new lease of life in this new format.
Anyone who hadn’t been paying attention to this point was certainly forced to sit up straight as ‘Not Had Enough’ was played out. Even the guy next to me, who had been talking excessively to his two female companions, stopped mid-sentence and began dancing. This catchy track certainly took the evening to an altogether higher level. On completion of the track the gentleman returned to conversations about himself and I eagerly ate into the space his frenetic dancing had previously occupied.
There was no unnecessary lighting or other ‘fluff‘, this after all is a church so a certain amount of respect should be shown, and truthfully though the duo didn’t need it as their ability to entertain was more than enough.
These are early days for Ivy and Gold. There are certainly bigger venues and for that matter bigger tunes to come. However, they’ve managed to plant a musical seed that has already started to produce a crop. Anyone associated with last night’s performance and the releases to date should be congratulated on a job well done.
Ivy and Gold have a further London date on the 9th December at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre. The track-listing for ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ is as follows…
2.Smoke & Mirrors
4.Behind the Mask