Rumer © Naomi Dryden-Smith
Rumer © Naomi Dryden-Smith

Rumer © Naomi Dryden-Smith


Cadogan Hall, London

17 Oct 2016

In a departure from the usual Louder Than War music palette, Naomi Dryden-Smith went to check out easy-listening songstress Rumer at Cadogan Hall

Rumer has opted to play her first UK gig in two years at the compact and intimate Cadogan Hall. With a capacity of just 950, all-seated and situated just off Sloane Square, it feels both classy and cosy. Dressed in a floaty black dress with sparkly silver sandals, backed by strings and piano, Rumer manages to exude both confidence and vulnerability, perhaps heightened by the fact that she is mid-gloriously-shiny-haired-pregnancy. She looks happy and relaxed. Firmly squishing any fleeting glimmer of goth-hope raised by having an album called “Boys Don’t Cry”, her songs are a mix of self-penned soul and easy-listening and covers of middle-road heavyweights like Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach. It’s impossible not to compare her voice to Karen Carpenter – it’s uncanny at times – and listening to her brings a realisation that there aren’t many voices like hers around at the moment. In a world of irritatingly auto-tuned female vocalists singing banal pop songs that all sound the same, its refreshing to hear a genuinely good voice gently enfolding the audience with old-fashioned ballads, generating a heartwarming easy-listening nostalgia they may not have known they had for the likes of Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell, possibly even Cilla Black (okay, pushing it there). At a time when the world outside is feeling increasingly turbulent and uncertain, it’s an unexpected treat to just stop, sit and be soothed for a couple of hours.

Rumer © Naomi Dryden-Smith

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This Girl’s In Love was released on 21 October 2016. You can keep up to date with Rumer on Twitter
Facebook and her official website

All words and photos by Naomi Dryden-Smith. You can find more of Naomi’s work for Louder Than War here, and she tweets as @nomeshome Also on Facebook. Naomi’s Photography portfolio can be found here

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