You’ve got to hand it to Fruity Water. Not only have they released their album independently (through local micro-label Big Salad Records), but their Thirst Takes launch show carried the same DIY aesthetic. So much so, that while I was in the cosy confines of The Black Dove, nestled firmly in St James’ Street, I felt like I was gatecrashing a private party. There was a real personal vibe to the evening, as if everyone felt personally attached to the celebration. Nevertheless, Fruity Water’s performance, showcasing the album from start to finish, was sublime, truly exhibiting Adam Bell and Smalan Odgers’ sheer artistry as musicians.
When you see Brighton duo Fruity Water live, there’s a huge difference between the two musicians on stage. While Adam Bell is almost floating around the stage, dreamily singing his lyrics, Smalan Odgers, next to him, resembles a mad scientist, hurrying between instruments, creating the backdrop and essentially spawning the zeitgeist that Fruity Water fall under. It’s testament to the talent behind both Bell and Odgers that both equally come to the fore on their debut record, Thirst Takes, and are meshed together in such a way that it simulates both the screwball and the relaxed. Importantly, though, it also creates something that is dizzyingly unique, and something that not many would have heard before. This juxtaposition of ideas is so loose and relaxed, but at the same time taut and unyielding, that it feels like it was always meant to be together.