Review of Hotel Cafe Show – On The Flip Side Music
Hotel Café may be the best music venue in Los Angeles. This place is a treasure trove of profiling indie talent. Last Thursday night I was introduced to San Francisco singer-songwriter Essence (Yes that is her real name) and her brutally honest poetry-in-motion lyrics.
Essence performed all of the songs off her fifth and newest release, Black Wings. The album chronicles her struggles in a failed marriage through humor and wit. In an industry overrun with many sugar-coated breakup songs, Essence is not about any of that! Songs like “Bullshit” are a raw look into the uglier side of a declining 10-year relationship. Essence explained that this album was her therapeutic way to let it go. And she does just that.