13 December 2017 – Imany – Salle Pleyel, Paris
We end this eventful year at the Salle Pleyel in the company of Imany I discovered there is little time with a wave playlist on Spotify. I immediately loved the world of his album "The Wrong Kind of War" and I was curious to see it live.
To avoid the long wait in the hall and enjoy a glass of wine before concert, we come to the last moment Pleyel. The pit is tiny, So no matter where you are…
Lights out, musicians take place and Imany appears in silhouette on « Save Our Soul ». She is dressed quite casually and holding a megaphone in his hands which allows him to vary the effects of voice throughout the song. She welcomes us and explains that this is the end of the autumn tour. She goes on « No Reason No Rhyme » with her cello musician. The play of light are especially beautiful on « I’m Not Sick But I’m Not Well » and « You Will Never Know » on which it asks us to clap. We feel that there is work to give each piece a special atmosphere. Imany slipped away to make way for the rapper Kery James offering a shortened version of his text "Live Or Die Together". He recites the soberly before images of the clip « There Were Tears », short film tracing the struggles of Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela or the Abbé Pierre.
Imany comes accompanied by a choir to perform the title. The singers all wear military jackets and red berets, representative of the Army. The atmosphere changes at all when it launches in the recovery Queen, « Bohemian Rhapsody », a beautiful moment which gives opportunity to musicians to energize. It then interprets « Lately » before the black and white image of a dancer from another era. His guitarist joins for almost a nice acoustic version « Slow Down ». They are not recognized immediately « Don’t Be So Shy » which has a somewhat different introduction remix we know. Spectators give voice making it one of the highlights of the evening. I love the live arrangements « Nothing To Save », which is one of my favorite songs of the album. There are lots of atmosphere in the room !
Imany asked to participate to the next song. It's pretty simple, simply singing along with her on a cover of Terence Trent d'Arby : « Sign Your Name ». It demands total silence to interpret « Seat With Me », without microphone, accompanied only by his guitar. It is the passage of the concert my favorite : vocally, it was perfect. His tone seems hotter me, rounder, that when amplified and really enjoyed it. She followed with « I Long For You » and « You Don’t Belong To Me ». Then comes one of my favorite songs on the disc, « Silver Lining (Clap Your Hands) », I filmed you can find the video at the end of the article. obviously, I did not know it would benefit to present the musicians for over 20 minute ... You will see that I have not given the distance ! I love the song, but extendable outros, it's no.
This is the reminder, After a nice round of applause, she reappeared on stage wearing one of branded T-shirts "The Wrong Kind of War". She thanked us for being there, to support all these years : it reflects on his journey, the steps it went through to get to where it is. She also explains that she will take a break after the tour next summer, because she has never stopped since the beginning. She takes back « Human » Rag'n'Bone of Man before moving on an extended version « Shape Of A Broken Heart ». She completely loose on the piece. She removes his turban, and twirled his dreadlocks in time to the music. His group joined to the center stage to greet the audience for a final acclamation.
I am happy to have discovered Imany on stage with this album. This is a talented artist, it has an absolutely amazing voice and has surrounded himself with an eclectic group, which represents well the richness of his music. Beyond stamp, I liked his presence on stage, it is class, she speaks well, we feel that it is long ! Nothing to say about the setlist, I have found the title of the last album that I liked, and discovered some old songs and very good times. In terms of staging, we can welcome the light design, it is very beautiful, it creates very different atmospheres throughout the evening. The video screen gives the other hand quite a few things.
I invite you to discover his latest album "The Wrong Kind of War" to get an idea of his universe. It will be again in Paris in June 2018 for 2 exceptional dates at the Casino de Paris ... You can applaud there if you fancy ! It ends with the photos and video along extract « Silver Lining (Clap Your Hands) ». Only remains for me to wish you a very happy New Year celebrations ! We meet in early January – waiting, feel free to join me on social networks, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or leave your comments if you also have assisted to a concert tour of Imany.
Setlist : Save Our Soul / No Reason No Rhyme / I’m Not Sick But I’m Not Well / You Will Never Know / Live Or Die Together (Kery James) / There Were Tears / Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) / Lately / Slow Down / Don’t Be So Shy / Nothing To Save / Sign Your Name (Terence Trent d’Arby) / Seat With Me / I Long For You / You Don’t Belong To Me / Silver Lining (Clap Your Hands) / Human (Rag’n’Bone Man) / Shape Of A Broken Heart