FRINGE REVIEW – Emilie Autumn


By Veronika Kallus

Gorgeous. Beautiful outfits, superb choreography, haunting melodies, all arranged on a stage that could be a pirate ship. Or a wayward asylum, as the lyrics and the storyline suggest. It’s a concert, but it also has a storyline, somehow. A concert like a show, a show like a play, a play like cabaret, cabaret like a concert. And the audience, they’re all in it. The number of corsets is uncountable, the array of girdles astonishing, and the stockings, well, excessive.

The music is described by Emilie Autumn herself as “Victoriandustrial”. The American is a singer, songwriter, even to be called poetic, and a dreamy violinist. The music is a mixture of glam rock, cabaret, industrial and other clashing styles, all joined by classical string overtones and heavy drums.

The biggest joining element though is a love for Victorian culture. This includes alluring, saucy, sensual outfits which for example could come straight from London’s Whitechapel district in the late 19th century. And it includes references to Victorian writing, and English literature in general.

The 2013 Edinburgh Fringe concert forms part of her ‘Fight Like a Girl’ tour which introduces her new album to audiences worldwide. The album is based on her autobiographical novel ‘The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls’ and is almost more like a musical in set-up than just a musical album. The show was set up to enhance and illustrate this storytelling element.

A wonderful, odd, different concert, which was enjoyed thoroughly by a believing crowd of creative people.

You can find out further information about Emilie on her website.

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