I'm very grateful to my friend J. who introduced me to the wonderful world of Sia Furler a few months ago, and with whom I attended last night's Parisian show of the delicious Australian "people-pleaser" as she labeled herself during her performance.
Taking the stage at 9pm sharp wearing an incredible dress made of red & white tape that's usually used during road works (like that), Sia and her (great) band kicked things off with The Fight, a track from her upcoming album We Are Born, due out in June. The perfect setlist included some of her classics (The Girls You Lost To Cocaine, Buttons, Breathe Me), new tracks (the awesome Big Girl Little Girl, You've Changed, Clap Your Hands) and even a Madonna cover (Oh Father).
What made this concert brilliant, apart from the music, was the perfect mix of erm... music, and interaction with the audience and the band, the fact that she was visibly happy to be performing to a packed venue and all those little things that make a concert so special. Dedicating You Have Been Loved to a recently-married couple? Check. Chatting with a 9 year-old girl on the balcony? Check. Gladly accepting presents from her fans? Check too.
So this show was better than your average concert thanks to the soul that emanated from the stage. From the colourful knitted stage set to the band's outfits, the amusing clothing props (something making bubbles!) and the chit-chat going on in between songs, everything made you feel confortable and happy. This doesn't happen that often. So thank you, Sia Furler!
PS: great idea from Sia. You can buy a live album of the show right after it. Way to recreate the magic on your iPod!
Just because this one of my favourite songs, here's the wonderful Breathe Me. I bet Adele was very inspired by it when she wrote Hometown Glory.
(LA VERSION FRANCAISE DE L'ARTICLE SE TROUVE DANS LA PARTIE "COMMENTAIRES")