Yoann Lemoine, or Woodkid as he likes to be known, might not be a familiar name to many, but its very likely you've heard his music before. 'Iron', the title track from the French musician's debut EP of the same name is as grandiose as it comes, boasting a rousing brass section and pounding drum beats. The music video also features an understated performance from supermodel Agyness Deyn – or as understated as you can get considering it sees her being chased in a mock battle by a horse and a sword-wielding solider – and the song is currently being used in the trailer for Ubisoft's much-anticipated video game Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
If he still doesn't ring any bells, then you've probably experienced Woodkid in his other guise as a video director. Over the last two years he's directed the videos for Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' and, more recently, Taylor Swift's 'Back To December'.
It goes without saying then that Woodkid's biggest UK show to date, at London's Bush Hall, is not without expectation. While his music video filmography brinks on bubblegum pop, Woodkid's music is anything but. For starters, his songs are largely informed by the small, but bold brass and wind section that precede him on stage, and who throughout the performance add a certain cinematic gravitas to the music. During 'Brooklyn', for instance, they purr in the background like a warm breath on the back of your neck on a cold day, while 'Iron', which reaches an orchestral conclusion with crashing, rave-like drums, is a triumphant call to arms that for a few moments makes Bush Hall feel like the much bigger Royal Albert Hall.
You might expect that all the noise is a little over-powering for Woodkid's voice, yet somehow it manages to ride a wave above it all. It's uniqueness – somehow Lemoine's French accent still creeps through as he sings in English – means it's refreshingly hard to establish a precedent among his male peers. On occasions, there's a hint of Bon Iver or Damien Rice, but on tracks like 'The Golden Age', which Leomine promises the audience will appear on his forthcoming debut album, he sounds like nothing else. It's enchanting, rousing even; like music for the silver screen.