Review and Photography by Robert Barrett
Following a tour of Europe and kicking off a small UK run of gig’s, Danish based singer songwriter Erika De Casier came to a sold-out Scala off the back of her sophomore album “Sensational”. Just like the album’s name, London was in for a sensational night of R&B/pop magic.
The night began with support Joviale who filled the former cinema who’s genre defying songs and some cracking use of her saxophonist. “Glass Peach” off her 2021 EP “Hurricane Belle” filled the room with its warm Steve Lacy sounding guitar and was a highlight of the set.
Erika entered the stage backed by a three-piece band. Just like the delicate, intimate R&B on record, Erika almost hid herself from to the side of the stage whilst letting her incredible almost whispered vocals and the talented backing band shine as they cut through the many excellent tracks from “Essentials” and “Sensational”. Highlight from the latter “Polite” breaking the crowd into a singalong.
Just like both albums the hits really hit, and the entire room from floor to balcony bounced to the songs such as “Do My Thing”. As the tempo upped Erika took to the front, looking ecstatic to be sharing these songs with such a large crowd.
“Little Bit” and “Busy” played like they had been lost hits from the early 2000’s, a brigade of phone’s were thrust up in the air to record the track’s whilst the crowd swayed from side to side. Erika left the crowd wanting more as every great musician should, let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long for her to return.