Ngaiire @ Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane 2/10/13
So it was time for Ngaiire‘s return to a Brisbane stage, this time at the Queensland Multicultural Centre where she certainly didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately there wasn’t a great turn out, but it was a great show nonetheless. Being a performer that loves to dance and has primarily upbeat music on her recent album Lamentations, the only complaint I have is the fact that it was a seated gig. I would’ve been dancing all night if we didn’t feel so confined to our seats.
Opening with as my favourite song from the album, ‘Rabbit Hole’ – it was clear to see that she was trying to get people out of their seats. Even though it was met with enthusiasm by the unfortunately small crowd, it felt slightly uncomfortable. A similar situation occurred with her next song ‘Die,’ which I love but again it didn’t feel right in that setting.
Ngaiire decided next to bring out her most recent single, ‘Around,’ which transferred into a live song so well. If we weren’t in seats, I would’ve been dancing – but maybe not as intensely as she was during any instrumentals throughout the songs. Following were my next two favourites, ‘Uranus’ and ‘Can You Hear Me.’ This part for some reason confused me, I think because ‘Uranus’ is the opening song from the album and was out there for a reason, being in the middle just felt strange. Performance wise however, it was incredible and every second made me love her just a little bit more.
Before playing the next song, ‘Mr Jericho,’ we were treated to a little story about an ex-boyfriend who apparently had a party trick where he would urinate in his mouth. Disgusting, I know – but it was possibly the best story I’ve heard in explanation of a song. Of course she started, but with a slightly slower song but was overridden by laughter based on the story.For those who have heard Lamentations, you’ll know what I mean when I say that we reached the tear-jerker section of the show. With ‘Count To Ten’ and ‘ABCD’ being played together, it was the most beautiful and emotional part of the show. It was great to see that side of Ngaiire’s voice amidst her upbeat, electronic songs and her ability certainly didn’t disappoint.
Again, if you’re familiar with the album, you’ll recognise this song – but maybe a different version. On Lamentations, ‘Ordinary’ was released as a piano ballad featuring Brian Campeau and Elana Stone – however in the live show it’s a more upbeat track that actually had me wanting to dance rather than curling up in a ball and crying as with the album version. Well played, Ngaiire.
Closing the set on ‘Used To Know You’ and her first single from the album, ‘Dirty Hercules’ – it was a nice ending and reminded the audience why we were there in the first place. Overall, it was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen however it was slightly disappointing to see such a small crowd in the venue when she deserves so much more.