St. Lucia – ‘The Old House Is Gone’ (Live At Music Feeds Studio)
Based in the bustling cultural hub of Brooklyn, New York, but raised in the picturesque mountains of Johannesburg, South Africa, Jean-Philip Grobler‘s music is as unique as his background, with his primary outlet — St Lucia — quickly establishing the young musician as an artist with a knack for crafting cruisy and emotive synth-pop tunes. He unveiled his debut album, When The Night, late last year, and what better way to celebrate its long-awaited release than by coming into Music Feeds Studio for a very special acoustic LIVE session.
We were lucky enough to be given a tender performance of The Old House Is Gone from St Lucia’s self-titled EP, which came alive in the studio with a delicate piano arrangement layered with Grobler’s crooning vocals, which soon soar effortlessly into a sweet falsetto as guitars and percussion slowly begin to creep in with hypnotic effect, before it takes its final flight as an uplifting and anthemic ballad.
Back in April, we were lucky enough to get Grobler to share a few things about himself and the band that even the most ardent fans were unlikely to know, like that Grobler himself was a member of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and was once flown to the top of a mountain to perform for Nelson Mandela, or that keyboardist Nicky Paul grew up with the Haim girls in LA and at the first show St Lucia and Haim ever played together, Este Haim told the story of how she used to have a crush on Nicky back at school.