Live review from FWD Mellow Yellow Music Festival
1 Havana + Bad Guy (cover)
2 Skinny Love, Sad Song (cover and original)
3 Attention (cover)
4 Kill This 7 shots, fake love, 7 Rings Mashup (cover)
5 All About The Bass mashup (cover)
6 Someone u loved, like u and down (cover)
7 Free (original)
The main stage at Mellow Yellow was full of delights: this incredible newly created duo is led by Circle, a well-known busker who has over 5,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, with videos that garner thousands of views under the name of CircleGuitar. However, it is safe to say that she is more than your average street performer: combining a loop pedal and her powerful, compelling vocals, she presented a fluid and engaging set of covers and originals with great melodies throughout.
She mentioned on stage that her emotions inspires her original song-writing, while her experience as a busker have made her adept at blending covers to make a show that never feels boring. The first track mixed Camila Cabello’s Havana and Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, giving a nod to two of the hottest female performers of the moment. Female empowerment seemed to be the theme of the show, which also blended in Meghan Trainor’s anthem All About The Bass and Ariana Grande’s Seven Rings.
With Circle’s newest collaborator Fiski on keyboards, the sound was fuller and added depth to the chameleonic music. It also gave Circle time to mesmerise the audience with her voice, which has been honed by years of performing with a minimal set-up. It is clear that great things are on the horizon for this duo, who bring both girl power and high quality musicianship to Hong Kong’s live music landscape.
– Rosie Chan