Though now based in the New York cultural hub of Brooklyn, Jean-Philip Grobler was raised in the picturesque mountains of Johannesburg, South Africa. So it’s no surprise that this multi-talented muso makes music that is as unique as his background. Grobler’s primary outlet — St Lucia — quickly established him as an artist with a knack for crafting cruisy and emotive synth-pop tunes and his debut album, When The Night, cemented that reputation. To celebrate the release of his first full-length effort, Grobler and his band hit Music Feeds Studio for a very special acoustic LIVE session.
In addition to an arresting yet tender performance of The Old House Is Gone from St Lucia’s self-titled EP, we were treated to an uplifting and nuanced acoustic rendition of Elevate, the third track from When The Night, which saw Tangerine Dream-like piano trills meld beautifully with rolling guitars, an insistent backbeat, and Grobler’s own skilled vocals, to create a galloping tune that is at once spirited and glorious.
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.