Review: Jennie Abrahamson @Galiläakirche


11.05.2015 Jugend[widerstands]museum Galiläakirche

When Jennie Abrahamson played the first notes of her song ‘Snowstorm’ as opener, there was an instant sense that this Berlin church could be exactly the right place to be at that very moment. With a voice so clear and strong, using the reverb of the church in an optimal way, you would feel a chilly breeze going up your neck in this warm night in spring and actually believe it when Jennie sang “A snowstorm is coming” over the meditative sound of an electronic marimba.
After this literal icebreaker she and her Band – Axel on keyboards, Daniel on drums and Johannes on bass – continued to play several songs of Jennie Abrahamsons recent album ‘GEMINI GEMINI’, going from synth- and e-guitar-driven pop tunes as in ‘The Wolf’ to powerful, rhythmically vibrant hymns as in ‘The War’.

Followed up by a set of old songs they really filled the room of the Galiläakirche in Friedrichshain with their booming electro-pop-sound, captivating harmonies and Jennies compelling charisma. Despite a few short tea-breaks there was no clue that they even had to cancel some shows before due to Jennie having been ill. Her outstanding voice never showed a sign of effort and her way of introducing songs and sharing anecdotes created a personal atmosphere for each one of their songs as in the driving midtempo-piece ‘Dance with me’ when she reflected about her motivation of writing this song after having been strangely fascinated with the TV-show “Let’s dance”.
After having played some fragile pop-tunes, sometimes drifting into dreamy ‘80s kitsch but never lacking an experimental twist through the distinctive usage of loops and pads, Jennie – with an outfit so glittering, you would not expect it in a church – shortly wonders whether it will be appropriate to begin the following intense, electronic remix of an old song. She soon finds out that the Galiläakirche is not used as a church anymore but houses a museum that informs about the resistance of the young population against the former GDR regime and quickly decides “God doesn’t mind”. Although the audience seemed to be a little inhibited by the sacral architecture and did not totally freak out hence the catchy tunes they were being opposed to, the final applause nevertheless spoke for itself and attested lovely Jennie and her waistcoat-wearing band a convincing show. It was completed by the hit-single ‘Hard to come by’ which was necessarily the last song, due to an agreement with the neighbours not to play longer than 10 p.m.

Thanks to our friends of listen. who once again proved that there is always room in this city for extraordinary concerts like this.


written by: Lisa Canehl