Eli T.: The Revolt Show
As the lights at the Singapore Arts Festival went off, a group of seemingly unearthly beings went up on stage and started on their fluid choreography to Eli T.’s “Dancin’ With Fire”.
Everyone waited with bated breath for the star of the night, Eli T., who all but strutted up on stage in an all-black ensemble featuring an embellished blazer. Immediately bursting into song, “Dancin’ With Fire” made even the most chronic cynic of electro-pop sit up and listen.
It was “A Love Like This” however, that featured his talent at manipulating synths as well as his sensual voice (which reminded me of David Cook) that melted the hearts of those present, judging by the collective sigh I heard from the crowd.
“Hear Me” was an interesting change from the first two songs. Underneath the trippy synth tunes was a ballad that tugged at the heartstrings of the audience. By this time, people who were strolling around Esplanade Park stopped and listen to the phenomenon that is Eli T.
He then went on to my personal favourite of the night, “Prototype”, this time dressed in a shoulder piece reminiscent of the outfit Adam Lambert wore when he performed with KISS during the American Idol finale. “Prototype” has a tune that sounded oddly familiar, yet so foreign. A song about daring to be different, the synths and the rhythm of the song guarantees a spot in your head for the next few days.
Eli sure knew how to play to the audiencee. Completely changing the mood of the concert, he performed “Imaginary” where halfway though the song, he went off stage to sit right next to an ardent fan, presumably making it the best night of her life. Unlike other songs off Revolt, “Imaginary” showcased his voice and emotions. This song, he admitted, was written during the darker periods of his musical journey.
The Canada-raised singer even took some time in between his songs to explain the story behind his debut album, “Revolt”, which is an album about standing up for what you believe in and fighting to be heard.
Playing through “Thunder”, he announced the end of his set – to the dismay of many. “I don’t want it to end either, I’m sorry,” he quipped before launching into this last song, “L-over”, which I feel had a mandopop vibe. “L-over” also had everyone’s eyes all but latched onto him as he showcased — for the last time that night — his dance capabilities. And just like that, an hour and seven costume changes later, the show that proved Eli T. means business was over.
All in all, it was an extremely entertaining set at the Esplanade with amazing choreography, top-notch vocals and psychedelic lights. We look forward to more of his stuff, when he comes back from his regional tour in November.
Eli T., the local independent electro-pop artiste to watch out for.