The historic Sandfield Pumping Station proved to be the ideal setting – visually and acoustically – for a concert by local singer-songwriter and composer Rosie Tee.
Support for the evening came from Birmingham based singer-songwriter William Williams Rodger, who performed music from his most recent release Sings the Yellow Pages.
Performing from the front of the stage with only an acoustic guitar for support, his supple guitar playing and heartfelt singing gave full rein to his songs about the trials and tribulations of the modern age.
The set delivered by Rosie Tee was completely different. The soundscape featured bombastic rhythms, powerful bass and drums, and intricately arranged music that made full use of looping pedals and other technology to fill in the sound.
With Rosie leading on vocals, glockenspiel, songwriting and arranging, the rest of the ensemble was Piera Onacko on synths and keyboards, Dan Cippico on bass, and drummer Kai Carcunsky.
The songs were greatly helped by the lighting designs of Stuart Sampson, which added a lot to the atmosphere of the concert.
The songs featured strong arrangement and tuneful playing that took equally from the genres of folk, electronica and noisecore to build a sound and style that was as individual as all of the players.
The songs were all love songs, but love songs to the world rather than to people, exploring how we as a species can make the planet a better place for us all to live in.
Pieces such as opener Lectern, Anchors and The Dogs featured some strong singing and some sympathetic playing from all of the members, with the concert finishing on the high of Sirens, a song with a strong message and vocal refrain.
This was a great gigging experience and shows that Rosie Tee is a name to watch out for.