Laura Mvula presents Under A Pink Moon Livestream | Live Review

Laura Mvula presents Under A Pink Moon Livestream

The last time twice Mercury prize nominated Laura Mvula performed live was at The Queen’s Birthday Party at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2018, a year after parting ways with her label Sony Records. Fast forward almost three years and now signed to Atlantic she is back with a renewed sense of energy and confidence that is the over-arching message of her Under A Pink Moon Livestream.

An open neon cube is central to the performance, acting as both stage and creative space, from where Mvula delivers her new songs and versions of old ones taken from her debut album ‘Sing To The Moon’ and follow-up ‘The Dreaming Room’; all showcasing a strong and versatile vocal as well as an invigorating and colourful new sound.

Like a Nubian queen transported into the 80’s she belts out the Prince inspired funk of opening new track ‘Safe Passage’, with pink-jacketed, square-shouldered, smouldering Grace Jones conviction.

‘Conditional’ has the feel of a big time Janet Jackson production, complete with make shift paparazzi, that snap away at Mvula as she dances outside of the cube, her voice augmenting the space between the bass drops, complementing rather than leading the tune.

What starts off life as a simple, powerful vocal, takes an unpredicted left turn – something that only Mvula’s Twitter followers would have seen coming – when Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil appears “cube right”. Now a duet, ‘What Matters’ works really well and it’s also refreshing to see the Scottish rocker in a different vocal guise.

When the lights come back up after a momentary pause in proceedings, Mvula is flanked by dancers and rigged out with a red keytar for a version of her breakthrough single ‘Green Garden’ from her debut album. The twinkling replaced by synth, reimages the garden as a fertile dance floor rather than an ethereal sanctuary.

The set ends with the artist singing “under a pink moon”, a spiritual symbol of re-birth and renewal. It is clear from this triumphant snapshot of a live return that Laura Mvula is very much looking forward to a new spring.

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