Music Review: Sucré performs at DC9

Stacy King/Sucré performed recently at DC9.
Stacy King/Sucré performed recently at DC9. (Photo courtesy Sucré)

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2014 – Sucré is a fairly easy project to break down. While it’s impossible to accurately call the musical stylings of Sucré a “band,” per se, it’s always been intended as an outlet for the feisty Stacy King. Even before she stepped on stage at DC9 recently along with her opening band Honey Tree playing back up, she was asserting her independence with this project.

In other words, Stacy King is the entirety of Sucré and the music begins and ends with her.

King is best known as the vocalist and keyboardist for indie pop band Eisley, an ensemble comprised entirely of King’s sisters. Even though she is front and center when performing with Eisley, it’s wasn’t unexpected to see her branch out with Sucré as her new vehicle. She’s not exactly shying away from her connection to Eisley, but she’s not expressly banking on it in this venture.

There are several ways King subtly uses to distance herself from the rest of her family and it starts right with her name. It’s not quite enough just to using the moniker Sucré while working on this solo project. She means to use this name to announce she’s starting the effort from square one, at least it seemed that way during her show here.

None of this malicious or defiant. But it does feel like a younger sister asserting her independence or at the very least defining the terms her solo project away from what she has been known for in the musical world. In this way she shifts the spotlight onto herself and the songs of Sucré before she even hits the stage.

Even with the Honey Tree backing her up, it’s very obvious from the outset that this is all about Stacy King. In a venue like DC9, her presence is a commanding one for someone who has grown up in and absorbed music her entire life, much of which she seems to have spent crafting the kind of solo artist she’s going to be in terms of both sound and performance.

Stacy King has been working as Sucré to some extent for at least two years. But her latest EP, Lone — again strengthening the necessary divide for her as a solo artist creates a much more individualistic flair than her full length the Minor Bird. She focuses a great deal on the song from Loner during her DC9 set.

She varies her set via a subtle but definite upbeat electro-pop sound. That’s dulled a bit in a live setting but still evinces a lighter sense than anything she does outside of Sucré. Describing her stage presence at DC9 as “happy” wouldn’t exactly be accurate. But she certainly came across here as brighter. There was a distinct sense that we were experiencing the full force of Stacy King when she’s live on stage performing as Sucré.

There’s always going to be a certain level of continuity between whatever Stacy King does outside of Eisley, if only due to the distinctive sound of her vocals. But with Sucré, she has managed to strike a level of independence. That’s allowed her to become a more distinctive, well-rounded performer in her own right while at the same time giving her a certain air of artistic freedom and confidence.

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