I first met Elodie Sablier at the Langham Hotel in Sydney, where I stopped with my wife for a night cap during the Vivid Festival, where she is the resident "cocktail pianist" on week-end nights and we met again at the QVB recently where she plays occasionally but currently every Thursdays and Saturdays where she plays live her new compositions from her first album: Vertigo.
I knew Elodie was French, or at least very versed in French music, when she improvised very successfully on Debussy and Satie - not your average cocktail pianist's choice, indeed...
So, you won't be surprise to find Debussy and Satie lingering beggaring be hid Elodie's compositions. It is subtle and it is more their spirit than their music you can feel. I particularly like "Black Flowers" for its intensely romantic sonic landscape, something underlaying most of the disc, almost harrowing in "Lighthouse" and playfully experimental in the last track "Theseus".
Elodie is launching her first album on Tuesday December 3rd at the Foundry in Ultimo.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.