Feist – Nottingham Social, Sunday September 23
Having celebrated its last night as The Social on Saturday, and ahead of its official re-opening as the Bodega Social Club next weekend, the Pelham Street venue remains open for the duration, even if its actual name is currently a matter of debate. (When pressed on this point, a helpful staff member suggested inventing an anagram.)
Billed as the last act ever to play The Social under its original name (but wasn’t that… oh, forget it…), the Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist proved a fine choice to mark the occasion. Following its use in the iPod Nano advertising campaign, current single 1234 has just entered the Top 40, once again confirming this tiny venue’s uncanny knack of spotting successful acts just ahead of the curve.
Feist commenced her set alone on stage, using live looping effects to augment the sound of her voice and guitar. The effect was instantly spellbinding. Her four-piece backing band kicked in halfway through a deftly arranged cover of Ron Sexsmith’s Secret Heart, providing added muscle to the delicacy of the recorded version. The impeccably delivered performance climaxed with a frenzied jam on Nina Simone’s See Line Woman, before calming down for a final, haunting Let It Die.