Venue: Bush Hall Support Bands: Cortney Tidwell Date: 06/05/09 Photo's: Anika Mottershaw Bush Hall enjoyed the dulcet tones off four American women on a balmy Wednesday eve in Shepherds Bush. Fresh off an aeroplane, Nashville's sweetheart Cortney Tidwell played tracks of her forthcoming new album 'Boys' to a packed out crowd. The lady has a BIG, beautiful voice - big enough that when she sings she looks as if she is about to consume the microphone. Her music is a rare blend of experimental country on the right side of innovative and mesmerising. Having been championed in the past by Ed Harcourt, it's easy to see why she receives accolades where ever she plays. Songs such as 'Mama From The Mountain' fill the venue with righteous passion and thunder on the chorus. Tidwell may be diminutive in size, but her voice reaches into every nook and cranny of Bush Hall's beauteous ball room and and leaves you tingling. Her voice purrs and shimmers on the iridescent pop brilliance of 'Palace,' and the guitars and keys are almost reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins in places. It's an impressive performance, and the band end the set on a rocked out, storming high with the psychedelic'17 Horses.' Tidwell and her band of merry men deserve good things. Statuesque Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone almost incur a slow hand clap from the restless audience, but once the girls take to the stage, all is forgiven in a matter of minutes as the three brunettes with their long, inky manes of hair are so charming, it's impossible to stay cross with them. The friends who bonded over a love of all things electronic are pleased with the venue which they sneaked a peek at online, before flying across the ocean, and except for the forlorn disappointment that the mirror ball isn't in use, have a blast up there dancing in short skirts and high heels to their own original brand of synth pop, blended supplely with their angelic, pure voices. Signed to London label Moshi Moshi, Au Revoir Simone formed in 2003, released a few albums abroad and are now starting to cause a definite ripple in the mainstream. Bush Hall is packed, and the venue is so crowded that despite the clear danceability of the beguilingly voiced ditties it is too crowded, too warm to move. Over in the UK to promote their new album, 'Still Night, Still Light,' the music is in turns exuberantly joyful on tracks like ' Knight of Wands,' which Heather D'Angelo on keys and drum machine dominates and then conversely almost edgy and foreboding ala Depeche Mode on Tell Me. The girls, especially Annie Hart, provide energy by the megawatt in playing and dancing. The shaky egg makes an appearance, the demure Erika Foster takes a turn with a guitar. This is pure pop which is at it's most winning with a heavy bassline rippling through it such as on the single Shadows ( recently Single of the Week on BBC Radio's Roundtable) with it's repetitive riff, it takes you to twilight zone in your head. They encore with the golden bright The Lucky One. Fresh and uplifting, this is music created by girls who have cracked the knack of silky harmonies and putting on a radiant, graceful performance. The much maligned synthesizer is back, with a Brooklyn facelift and it has never sounded so good. Courtney Tidwell - Website Au Revoir Simone - Website Want to know more about what's on in London? Visit: http://anikainlondon.wordpress.com/ MP3: Au Revoir Simone - Knight Of Wands