Yes she is as exotic and elaborate as her name suggests, but not one inch of Brigitte Aphrodite is fake. I came across Brigitte fresh back from the stages of Bestival, performing in her parent’s restaurant in the heart of Hastings. Her voice and sequined puffed sleeved dress (a present from a transvestite she tells me) alone filled the room… how we managed to fit in it too still puzzles me.
It’s been a while since my face hurt from smiling so much. Sheer excitement ran through me during this gig, which Brigitte had organized to raise funds for young people with cancer ahead of her trek up Mount Kilimanjaro which she starts this week.
So who and what is this Brigitte all about?
Her songs are firstly, hilarious, she is a comic genius and her cleverly written and relatable lyrics are edgy, refreshing and just like Brigitte beautifully strange. But do not be mistaken, Brigitte is not a comedian who happens to write songs for her act like Bill Bailey or Tim Minchen. She is in fact a recording artist with a dreamy airy voice that still has with the power to blow away her unsuspecting audience whilst covering the room in shimmering glitter.
Having supported Kate Nash previously, it’s easy to compare the similarities in their writing style. But the delivery of Brigitte’s songs are punchier, and uplifting leaving you with a grin like you’ve finally discovered the meaning of life. The performance of each song is energetic, dramatic and totally shameless.
Earlier this year Brigitte released her debut single I ‘Dream Myself Awake’ which is available to download and once she gets down off that mountain there are plans for world domination cockney style.
Also performing with her band VOB (Visions of Beauty) Brigitte is sure to be your new obsession. Check out her website to hear more of her brilliant pop, punk, comedic ‘can’t help but move strangely too’ songs including Streets of Bromley and Miss Hedonistic.
If you still can’t envisage her style think The Streets chatting up Kate Nash in a mixing bowl with Bjork (although I think Brigitte would insert David Bowie here) and throw in a disco ball for good measure or just go and see her for yourselves!