As the live stream festivals continue to grace the internet, it is challenging to keep up with everything out there. Thankfully I was able to catch the final set of 7 Layers Quarantine Edition at 9am AEST on Sunday 12 April 2020. And wow, what a spectacular event to wake up to on Easter Sunday!
7 Layers is a music platform for singer-songwriters curated by Dotan. Via their Instagram @se7enlayers, they hosted a two-day festival with a throng of artists from around the world including Australia’s Hein Cooper.
Despite the early start, Cooper was in top form for his hour-long performance. He treated us to songs of old and some new off of his pending third album. From the first song Invincible, from his second album Underneath It All (2019), it was apparent we were in for something special.
The Real from The Art of Escape (2016) came next followed by new song Turbulent Heart which highlighted Cooper’s notable vocal range and ability to create beguiling indie-pop-esque songs. A hybrid English-French version of fan favourite Rusty was a pure delight to hear before new song Pretend which Cooper described as, ‘a song about connecting despite all the crazy shit that’s going on’.
The global audience was spoilt with the inclusion of a third, unreleased new song – Every Day – before the sublime, goose-bump-inducing The Art of Escape, Cooper’s first-ever release. Fellow musician and Cooper’s partner, Wolfe Black, then joined him for the final three songs: a cover of Lily Allen’s The Fear, Like That and Wolfe, an ode to the lady herself.
Not only did Cooper wrap up day one of 7 Layers Quarantine Edition with an emotively captivating set, but he also demonstrated what a superb talent he is and helped kick-start Easter Sunday in the best possible way.
Live Review By Anita Kertes