Review by Nathan King
Winter has truly crawled and crisply ambled on in to Adelaide leaving all to find warmth and last Friday evening in a basement bedecked in blues and folk tunes I found just that. Down in the Christmas light seamed hallows of The Bluebee Room, MANE, in support of her new EP House Of Horror, brought some of the most enthusiastically melancholic blues music to the hearts of the lovers in the front row. To aid her on the night was the audibly alluring Jordan Lee Tito and the mood moocher himself Ollie English.
Relying on nothing but her voice and an acoustic guitar timidly held in her arms Jordan Lee Tito stood in front of all in attendance and softly strummed their worries away. Having a voice that seems to flutter forever and pleasant picking rhythms coming forth from her guitar Jordan clearly has her musical prowess well refined. The clear highlight of the set was her track ‘Kids’, truly her magnum opus of not just her set but her catalogue thus far with its somber lyrics and equally emotive deliverance towards the fortunate in presence.
Following this Adelaide’s own blues brother Ollie English took to stage with his new backing band. Much in a similar style to Jesse Davidson AKA Lizard Boy, English has a deep and penetrative octave range that seems to coming forth from a seasoned veteran rather than a fresh-faced local character, truly the power and deliverance behind English’s voice is something to witness. English also tenderly dedicate one of his tracks to the recent victims from the Nice terror attacks, a sentiment that was truly reciprocated by the crowd with quite devotion.
Finally, to conclude the evening was the ever enthralling MANE. With bashful banter in one hand and steel strings in the other MANE was joyfully ready to delve into some fresh flavored tracks. Splitting her set in two between a solo appearance and with her band she spent the first few tracks conjuring up grins of glee with just her shear presence. After the addition of her backing band she erupted in a dream pop melody of tracks that shifted that sense of glee to bliss with tracks like ‘Ashes To The River’. Closing the night with an onstage collaboration with Ollie English the two bid adieu to all who came for the evening, though this was not enough as many chanted and were granted a very low key yet fitting encore of MANE by herself yet still so poignant much like how she began her set.