Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
November 12 2012
Commanding the small Ifor Bach stage with a casual chanteuse grace, Miss Sadier launches proceeding's tonight with 'Rules of the Game'. Immediately lulling all present into the sweet and prescient beauty of the new Silencio album. The last time she graced a stage in Wales...And indeed my last encounter with her, was when in 1999 Stereolab sent the legendary TJ's venue in Newport town into an ecstatic trance when they performed to a full house. Heady day's that seem a lifetime away now. Tonight thing's flow with an equally engaging but more eloquently displayed flow.
Even though Stereolab always approached all of their art with a stylish, artful attention to detail, within Miss Sadier's work there seems to be an even greater attention to sophistication and space. The lyrical concern's continue the exploration of Socialist ideology, only now they are wrapped in a more Spiritual landscape. Filling the intimate venue with a luscious expanse of symphonic warmth 'There Is A Price To Pay for Freedom And It Isn't Security' is a prime example of this. It is a major pointer to why Silencio has made my Album Of The Year slot. Flowing majestically over the audience it is followed by engaging renditions of 'Auscultation To The Nation' and 'Lightening Thunderbolt' which a hit a more Motorik groove before lulling us into the beautiful exotica of 'Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe'.
The latent continental charm that underlines the performance tonight it's apotheosis with a riveting rendition of 'Silent Spot', before Miss Sadier is enthusiastically brought back for a spirited run through 'Statues' and a finale of 'Etoile'. An evening of assured but quiet dignity and engagement that assures us that from tentative beginnings, here is an artist now fully flourishing in her own kingdom, a place that can only point too more glorious heights that await.