Review: Alice Ivy at Mr Lonely, Perth, 3 March 2018

Some say nothing good happens after midnight. Well, they obviously haven’t met 23-year-old Melbourne beat master Alice Ivy, who supplied more energy than a hundred espresso martinis at Mr Lonely on Saturday night.

The intimate Fremantle club was the perfect venue to host Ivy’s cinematic, soul-inspired sound. Joined by local support, the late night show drew a mixed crowd of young and old, all buzzing for a boogy.

Your Girl Pho (real name Phoebe Gunson) took the stage first and was the ultimate party pump-up. Sporting a similar 90s fringe, it would be easy to mistake her as Ivy’s Perth twin.

Pho’s intergalactic, jazz-pop sound, distinctive fashion taste and daring dance moves created a sensory feast while her drummer and lovable saxophone player only added to the intrigue. With energy left to burn at the end of her hour-long set, Pho took her moves to the D-floor in anticipation of Alice Ivy.

Construction-style jumpsuit, white sneakers and backpack in tow, a reserved Alice Ivy snuck on stage to unleash her debut album. I’m Dreaming dropped last month and has already received critical acclaim on Triple J with ‘Chasing Stars’ (featuring Bertie Blackman) being the number one song played on the station last week.

She reeled the crowd in with her opening track ‘Touch’, a dreamy blend of boppy beats and old-fashioned audio archives. Accompanied only by her guitarist, the lack of guest performers left the stage looking bare after Pho’s visually stunning set.

This made no difference to the love she received. “Fremantle are you my friends?” she asked with a confident grin, before diving into the popular song ‘Be Friends’, to much applause. She played all eleven tracks from the album and a throwback to her 2015 song ‘Paint Me Blue’.

What Ivy lacked in vocals she made up for in energy. Springing in unison with her smiley guitarist in matching attire, the chemistry was more-ish.

The crowd petered out half way through to rehydrate before flooding to the front for ‘Chasing Stars’ and raising glasses to ‘Get Me A Drink’.

She finished with the album’s final track, ‘Kaya High’, the only track with her own vocals. She admitted that she was shy to include it on the record, and this was evident in her performance. Her pitch was off, ironically resulting in a low after all her big hits had already been played, though she may have sensed this as she hastily thanked the crowd before disappearing from the stage.

While Ivy’s journey as a performer has only just begun, her creative blend of nostalgic-electronic has rapidly grown in popularity. As she continues to explore collaborative pieces and her own voice, we know Ivy’s dreams will lead her to big things.

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