Our newly revamped Saja Sessions made its comeback at The Peppermint Club on Feb. 22 with an eclectic mix of promising, up & coming artists.
To kick off the evening, London-based singer/songwriter Carmody took the spotlight to serenade the audience with an intimate, acoustic performance. The songstress poured her heart onto the stage as she shared canacdid lyrics of love and heartbreak over a bed of elegant guitar chords.
Listeners were left in awe until Swedish pop phenom Clara Mae followed shortly thereafter to make her highly-anticipated US debut. Backed by a trio of her talented musical companions and glossy vocals, Clara Mae drew the crowd toward the stage with a presence as bright as her radiant outfit.
However, as the clock hit 10:00pm, a cloud of mystery shrouded the venue as the lights dimmed…
Follow along in our full photo recap below:
Fans may know Carmody best from her involvement in the South-East London DIY music scene alongside Tom Misch, Laura Misch, and Alfa Mist – but the songstress has made it clear that she is ready to expand her horizons abroad. With nods from radio powerhouses Zane Lowe and Annie Mac, Carmody has one of the most promising upsides as an artist this year. We couldn't help but watch in awe as she graced the stage at our very first Saja Session of the year.
Over the last several months, Clara Mae has steadily been working her way towards pop stardom. The Atlantic Records signee has over 10 million streams on Spotify and shows no signs of slowing down. With what was probably the loveliest outfit of the evening, the Swedish pop prodigy swooned listeners with her sultry voice and an unforgettable stage presence.
As the lights dimmed down at 10pm, a lone producer took the stage and delivered one of the most impressive sets of the evening. Running Touch, the mysterious artist from Melbourne, was essentially a one-man army as he shifted from the keys to the guitar while looping his instruments through a variety of effects pedals. To top it all off, his vocal abilities as a crooner chilled the ambiance of the venue and had the audience nodding at each other in approval.
Outside of their cult following and hypnotizing music which draws from a combination of electronic, hip-hop, and R&B influences, Darci is essentially an enigma. The vocalist-producer duo performs with masks to conceal their identities, and all of their social platforms lack any form of biography. However, their performance at The Peppermint Club was enough to confirm that they won't stay in the shadows for long. With signs of a full project due in 2018 and a rapidly growing fanbase, it is only a matter of time until Darci emerges into the spotlight.
All photos provided by Justin Higuchi