images by: Jess Laicy
On a recent Sunday evening in Columbus, I took my first steps into the A&R Music Bar on Neil Ave. for a night of music. Soleima, signed to Atlantic Records, was the opening act for the Electric Guest show that night, and I was there to play the combined part of “photographer and not-the-greatest writer” once again.
I walked into the show not knowing all that much about her. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of her but was excited to see what she was all about. Being a music lover, I’m always on the prowl for new artists or songs that set my soul on fire. Thankfully, I’m in the right career for that, especially with the plethora of live concerts and good bands that call Columbus their home.
I was standing in my little corner of the venue when the lights went out announcing the start the show. My very first thoughts, just a few moments into her first song, were “Wow! She is very much reminiscent of Gwen Stefani.” It’s not in the way she sings, but more in the way she moves and her resonating vibes on stage. I really enjoyed her stage presence, as she was engaging and personable with the audience. At one point, she even hopped out into the crowd to dance and sing with them.
She sang a few of her songs, including her new single Roses. She managed to completely perplex me with her groove and overall feel of the music.
I knew that her sound, while all her own, had a feel to it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on that Sunday evening. So, I found myself on her Youtube channel the next morning while editing my shots from the show. A mix of Halsey and Billie Eilish is what finally hit me.
Soleima has a bit more of an indie pop electro feel to her than either of those ladies, but she hits with solid lyrics and a rhythm you can’t help but find yourself grooving to. This becomes even more evident the day after her show.
I really enjoyed my first experience with Soleima and I would suggest that if you are looking for something a little less mainstream, but also has the potential move you, groove you, hit your soul and get you out of your zone while trying to work… check her out!
Her name, once again for those in the back not paying attention, is Soleima.
It worked for me, as I caught myself dancing a little bit more than I should have been for someone who was supposed to be “working” the show. Dear Lord Baby Jesus, am I ever so thankful to just be behind the camera lens for these next few shows on our schedule.
This whole writer, photographer, “grooving to the beat thing” could get very complicated after a while!