Brits out the wazoo on Day Two at Coachella, so perfect your best fake English accent and get thee to Indio stat.
The British singer Laura Mvula suffers from crippling stage fright, which I sincerely hope does not strike her before her maiden Coachella set. This unclassifiable artist – parts Nina Simone, Björk, Roberta Flack, Sade, Antony Hegarty and many more – is an exciting and singular new voice on the musical landscape. The performance clips I’ve seen of her online – “Diamonds,” the magnificent “Is There Anybody Out There?” – belie her claim. She’s poised, natural, effortless, and the perfect balm to the external circus of Coachella that will be going on around her.
Like The Preatures playing on Day One, the London-based BANKS (né Jillian Banks) comes to the Indio Valley on the back of only two acclaimed EPs. Her mien is electro-soul, a bit like Feist standing in forJames Blake, smooth as well as dynamic, with the added bonus of a strong, assured voice. Her love lament “Waiting Game” is a good place to start to determine whether you want to check out her live bona fides. I get the sense that the girl can really bring it.