Neneh Cherry made her NYC live debut with Sinkane and Kaki King (pics)
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Neneh Cherry @ Highline Ballroom, 1/9/2015
"New York's just like I imagined it. It's got skyscrapers and everything." Neneh Cherry teased the Highline Ballroom crowd on Friday (1/9). She'd been to NYC before, she'd just never played a show here as a solo performer. While much of the audience (which included David Byrne and Hollie Cook, who had played the same room the night before) were old enough to remember her 1989 hit "Buffalo Stance" firsthand, this was not a nostalgia night. Backed by sibling duo RocketNumberNine, Neneh's set was mostly from her recent Four Tet-produced album Blank Project. Even more than on the album, the chilled out vibe of the new songs sounded, live, a bit like the heyday of trip hop which suits Cherry's still-powerful pipes. Of course she did do "Buffalo Stance" for the encore, albiet with a new arrangement suiting her current sound. It was a fun show, Cherry was in great spirits, and let's hope she doesn't wait so long for her next show here.
Opening the night was Sinkane (pics here) and Kaki King, who was doing one of the first performances of her new multi-media show, "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body" which featured synchronized projections behind her and onto her white guitar. Pictures from her set, and more from Neneh Cherry, below...
Sinkane (more pics here)