Saskwatch @ The Zoo, 14/06/14
However it was the more broody Left Me To Die, with its striking trumpet bridge, that really displayed the depth of stage presence possessed by Anele and band. The equally sumptuous A Love Divine was another highlight, with it’s bass-heavy and creeping melody punctuated by sweetly sung verses.
Anele should already be world-famous, so throughly does she embody the classically magnetic soul songstress. Displaying talent on an Amy Winehouse scale, she covers notes at both ends of the spectrum and moves like Diana Ross.
But that’s not to undermine the talent of the rest of Saskwatch - wielding trumpets, a sax, guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums, to achieve a rich and multi-layered performance, it’s clear that it’s the sum of its parts that makes this band unique.
At the beginning of one number, Anele announces “This song is about love. All these songs are about love…” On this note, a maturity shines through in their latest body of work, with a resounding sentimentality resulting from the reduced pace of the tracks. This progression really distinguishes the band from other Soul outfits, with the occasional inflections of Southern sounds adding a deeper layer of diversity to their richly soulful repertoire. The performance was, at times reminiscent of the neo-soul sounds of Duffy’s Rockferry, but with more horns, and a more burningly gutsy vocalist.
Having played Glastonbury in 2013, and featuring aboard the bill for Splendour in the Grass later this year, there’s no doubt that Saskwatch is finessing its unique edge and making an impact on the international Soul scene.