Here is a novel idea, why not play your latest album in order and in full? This is exactly what happened at Hoxton’s Square Bar & Kitchen when Polly Scattergood played there.
In its entirety and chronologically, bar three songs Polly Scattergood performed her new album Arrows in order and the result was a beautiful performance of dazzling, lush synth pop heartache. Channelling a young Stevie Nicks dressed in sequins and shawls, Scattergood moved around the stage confidently, pitched someone between heartbroken and dazzling self-assured siren. Opening with Cocoon her voice is note perfect, at times vulnerable as she quivers about her ‘cocoon of angel wings’ and superbly powerful belting out ‘I’m gonna let you in’. The disco hued Fallingand Disco Damaged Kid sound as sparky and vibrant as they do on the album. What is also impressive is the way she uses the minimal amount of equipment to produce big and layered sounds
Limited for time in the short support slot there is little time for banter but there’s time to say how excited she is to be playing one of her favourite venues. Luckily there is time for an extra song, although not in the set list Miss You undoubtedly the highlight of the brief set. Using just her voice and piano the result is devastatingly beautiful, haunted and heartbreaking. She finishes the set with the 80s synth heavyWanderlust. Short but bittersweet and exciting, seeing these songs bought to life on stage adds a different dimension to this exciting musical direction Scattergood has taken on Arrows.