That Female Touch
They say that behind every successful man is a strong woman, though in this case they’d be wrong, because the men were nowhere to be found while the women stepped up to rock the stage.
This stage was Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre, and the females in question local artists Shimona Kee (above) and Ferry (aka Jean Low from Giants Must Fall) who put together their largely differing styles of music into a single show.
And it was Shimona who got on stage for the first of three sets, armed with not one but three instruments – ukelele, guitar and keyboard – and a versatile melodic voice.
From songs about rainy days to tunes about love and heartache, the bubbly chick’s voice easily reminded this listener of Sixpence None The Richer’s Leigh Nash on one song before producing a different kind of sound for another track.
Starting with the smallest of the three, the singer, who’s currently working on her debut album to be released at the end of this year, spent much time introducing each song, quipping that she likes to tell the stories behind songs.
It was much the same idea for Jean (above), whose performance featured songs by her band Giants Must Fall as well as random tracks written about wanting to be a broccoli and a rosemary plant that wouldn’t grow.
Choosing to stick to an acoustic guitar during her solo set was fitting for the indie-rocker chick whose voice produced a much different feel compared to Shimona’s; less refined and smooth but definitely charming, a hallmark of the indie-alt-rock music she prefers.
It was this contrast that made all the show all the more entertaining, as the pair took the stage for a third set with a diverse list of songs from the very pop and obviously-Shimona “Heaven Knows” from Rick Price to their set closer, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie, closer to Jean’s taste.
Playing a combined 7 instruments (acoustic and electric guitars, ukelele, pianica, kalimba, keyboard and shaker) to accompany their combined voice, the collaboration showed off the best of each singer, and while Shimona’s voice formed a natural melody, Jean complemented and completed the sound.
And as the crowd clapped along to their “chickified” rendition of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” while the Marina Bay Sands’ light and water show began playing in the background, it was even more clear that here were two chicks who wouldn’t be ignored.