thelibrary live 2.JPG

Last Friday I went to see my friend @dianaanastasia play a solo gig at The Library in London.

Diana is Spanish, but her performance - which fused chanson with electronica - had something almost Germanic about it

I could have imagined the show going down very well in Berlin, since she has something of a young Marlene Dietrich about her.

After a few of the usual tech hiccups you get at any venue, they got the laptop synced with the sound system and Diana's sparse but sexy beats came through crisp and clear.

Several things struck me about the performance. First, Diana has a bloody good voice and she's a great producer. The music, and in particular the bass, was impressive.

Secondly, she is a great performer. That sounds like hyperbole but it's true

What I mean by that is, she's the kind of performer who really 'means it'.

Not that she lacks humour on stage -quite the contrary- but nevertheless, her presence signals that this is a serious undertaking. Her songs have depth &meaning and she is here to communicate something significant.

The other touchpoint, of course, is Bardot, since Diana has something of that look about her. I was reminded of that motorcycle film she did in the 60s. But Diana is part ingenue and part dominatrix, and there's no doubting who's in charge when she's performing.

Most of all, I really liked the direction of Diana's (or Barbarella's) music, which has morphed through the years into a kind-of minimal house sound with edgy electronic effects. (Which is why I brought in the Berlin thing before).

The nearest comparison I can think of is Goldfrapp, but this is great stuff - sexy seductive, and just a little bit dangerous.

Anyway, her new song Soleil is released on Nov 19th, so check it out, and be sure to follow her here @dianaanastasia plus on all the other socials.