Tiece performing at The Jago, London, on August 21, 2021.
There was more than a little magic to seeing Tiece performing at The Jago, Dalston, this August. After releasing her debut album, the Oxford-based singer and self-taught producer had been businessing herself with t-shirt printing and other pursuits as lockdown slowly dragged on in the first half of 2021. But now that UK venues are reopening, she’s wasted no time in hitting the road to enchant audiences with her trippy soul.
When she took to the stage at The Jago, it took a moment for things to settle. Laughing off the technical hiccups, Tiece soon took control and transported the audience from the dark, cramped space to her world of “strange metamorphosis”. Singing over her mournful, melancholy backing tracks, she twisted and twirled her arms as if casting incantations.
With the audience suitably loosened up, she was then joined by a band – four musicians she’d only practiced with earlier that day – to perform live versions of her songs. As the band struck up their instruments, settling into a light groove, Tiece began scat singing, and things really got enchanting. Together, they dove into the wavy rhythm of ‘Lucid’. Tiece let go with fierce energy, singing “imagination running riot in my head / should I cut it out one of these days”.
This enchantment continued on as Tiece and the band performed ‘2 Sugars’ and the spicy ‘Tricky Business’. She closed the show with ‘Nowhere, Now Here’, spelling out her stage name and thanking her fellow musicians, as they improvised a glorious finale that had the small audience whooping in giddy delight. Tiece and company created a spooky, wonderful magic on stage that night. Spectacular.
Tiece’s The Littlest Tour continues through the autumn. See Tiece’s website for tickets.
Words and photos by Aaron Lee
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