After the supercharged performances of the likes of Stormzy and Kasabian yesterday it’s time to rebalance and head to the King Tuts Stage for the stripped back fragility of Lewis Capaldi.
The Scottish singer-songwriter is now providing the fitting soundtrack to an altogether more typical, grey, Glasgow scene as the rain drizzles over TRNSMT.
Glasgow Green is dampened, the crowd has levelled off and the mood is more sensible than it was at any point yesterday. Capaldi, from Bathgate, plays in such a toned down, measured way that it exudes confidence; there is no filler, no embellishment and no gimmicks. Lost on You is a ballad that would play well on any size of stage at any festival. It is easy to imagine it being played to a crowd double the size of today’s; with phones held aloft, gently swaying to the soft piano and strong vocals of Capaldi.
Having briefly witnessed some of The Lafontaines set and been perplexed by the popularity of their forgettable, empty, poser music; it really makes Lewis Capaldi stand out all the more as a genuine musician who can weave a sweet song together with great levels of poise and calmness. This isn’t the same level as the likes of Bon Iver or Jeff Buckley but it comes from the same place of heartbreak and longing.
It would have been a bizarre scene to see Vegan Leathers or Saint Motel trying to make their upbeat music fit the overcast aura; with Capaldi, it’s entirely appropriate and comforting.
by Luke Hawkins