An otherwise quiet beer garden was graced with some of Adelaide’s own up-and-comers as Jesse Davidson, Brokers & Delia Obst demonstrated why they should be in your local Top 10.
Words by Paul Maland
> HEY THERE DELIA . Starting off the evening’s proceedings was brand new Adelaide acoustic songstress Delia Obst. Although you may not have heard of her name by name, Delia has provided her delightful vocals to other local acts Kaurna Cronin, The Shiny Brights, Banjo Jackson & more in the past year.
. Obst recently made Rip It Up’s ‘Hot Six’ locals for 2015, and it’s no mystery why. Joined on stage by two backing guitarists, Obst played through a number of tracks most likely to make her upcoming EP, due out sometime before the middle of the year. Obst’s vocals are beautifully arranged, accented perfectly by her own light acoustic guitar; additional guitarists from upcoming act Brokers and Jesse Davidson helped add another element of depth to push things where they needed to go when tracks picked up in intensity towards their end. . If acoustic melodies and soft, angelic vocals are your jam - Delia Obst should be high on your local music radar.
. . ELECTRONIC SIBLING CIVILITY . Following Delia on stage were another of Rip It Up’s hot six artists of 2015 Brokers. Combining a rich, ambient electronic soundscape with jazzy, melodic breaks Brokers are a local act that absolutely has to be seen live for connoisseurs of experimental, electronica/jazz, or just good music in general. . Brokers are made up of three siblings of the Zubreckyj clan (Michael – on keyboard/sax/other devices, Ben – on percussion and trumpet, and Laura – on vocals) and family-fourth wheel David Smith. Their sound is calculated and composed in a manner that leaves no questions asked about the journey they take you on, and their journey to listeners everywhere is beginning to take shape. In 2013, the quartet released their debut EP Miosis and soon opened for acts like Flume, Collarbones, as well as a fantastic show with Canadian experimental/Jazz heavyweights BadBadNotGood at Rocket Bar. This year, the group played local music extravaganza PilotFest, as well as an exclusive set at WOMAD’s electrolounge. Brokers’ debut album Resettler is expected out some time this year, with a national tour to follow. . .
LAIKA CHAMP . Capping off the evening was one of Adelaide’s most talented 18-year-olds, Jesse Davidson. Joined on stage by his five piece band (made up of members of openers Brokers, local act Timberwolf and Sydney-siders Papa vs Pretty), Jesse went on to demonstrate why he’s a proven alumni of Rip It Up’s Hot Six. . Davidson made the same ‘Hot Six’ list two openers Obst and Brokers made, only one year ago in 2014. Since then, Jesse has gone on to release a debut EP, play a set at Laneway Festival, attain regular rotation on Triple J with his recent single ‘Laika’, and sign a global publishing deal with AND Publishing (operated by managers of Laneway Festival, CHVRCHES, GOTYE, Mumford & Sons). An artist with such accolades under his belt, Jesse is doing quite well for eighteen years of age, something Jesse’s cheery family members in the beer garden would probably have been more than happy to tell you given the opportunity.
. Close to capacity, The Exeter’s intimate garden was hustling and moving in rhythm to Jesse’s passionate vocals and energetic guitar, all the while complimented by dreamy, oceanic synth notes from Brokers member Michael. Jesse finished his set with a loud and powerful performance of Laika, before encoring with a new, un-named track and a rendition of an Elvis Presley song, thus bringing his tour to an end. . Jesse Davidson has his second EP expected out in May, with an almost definite continual rise in popularity to follow. Keep an eye on him!