We got to see the growing gospel-come-neo-soul singer Serpentwithfeet back in April of this year, but with a brand new album and new, yet still authentic, look, indieBerlin got to see his phenomenal performance talents once again last Wednesday 7th November at Lido Berlin.
Before Josiah Wise, the name behind serpentwithfeet, could grace the stage, the warm-up act was executed flawlessly by Kelsey Lu, who left the crowd absolutely gob-smacked. She has the voice of an angel and can hold high and low notes for lengthy periods of time, while simultaneously prancing, twirling and moving like liquid on the stage.
She was also able to loop guitar, previously recorded cello, and the hand pan to make ethereal and beautiful sounds to match her voice.
Our personal favourite songs were Shades of Blue and her latest release (released last Friday after her performance) called Due West which is just as visually beautiful as it is to listen to.
After Kelsey Lu’s moving performance, we got to see the legend himself get on stage in a glittery floral blazer to die for and his brand new neck tattoo saying: DEACON, in reference to his gospel and church roots. His voice is still wonderful, with an impressive range matching the eery beats.
Serpentwithfeet began with some song from his album released this year, soil, including wrong tree, fragrance and mourning song which were all emotional and full of heart.
The reason we liked serpentwithfeet so much last time is his ability to discuss current and “wider picture” ideas during his performance, mixing between harsh realities and light-hearted jokes about romance and sexual encounter, Josiah blended these statements about the world into his well known songs as well as his in-between song chats with the audience.
He even recited a small clip of writing from In The Life: A Black, Gay Anthology by Joseph Beam, comparing his fears and wants of intimacy with that of the author and how much it meant to him in his life.
Serpentwithfeet also included his most famous songs four ethers, bless ur heart and one of his more recent releases about queer love cherubim, creating a moving and wonderful performance Berlin will remember… until next time!
To catch his latest tracks and other up-and-coming gigs he may have, follow serpentwithfeet on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow Kelsey Lu on Facebook and Instagram too!