The stage at The Moore on Wednesday night could have been set for a Halloween show. Footlights, fog, eerie music and black, diaphanous fabrics hung from the rafters as Swedish songstress Lykke Li’s black-clad form danced amongst them. The show’s goth paradise scenario, which kicked off the US leg of her tour, belied Li’s unique and feminine voice.
Li’s singular voice lingers just on the right side of annoying, but works because the songs are so good. Varying between rhythm-driven crowd-pleasers and ballads that showed a more fragile side, the nearly-90 minute set drew heavily from two of her three albums, 2011’s Wounded Rhymes and this year’s I Never Learn.
There were a few dead-air moments between songs, and a few awkward attempts to get the crowd to sing along, but overall the vibe was enthusiastic. While she looks the part with her hair-swinging moves, Li straddled the fence between confident stage presence and weirdly cliched chatter. “I wrote the album so we could have a moment like this,” she announced before “Never Gonna Love Again,” the big power ballad accompanied at her request by cell phones in the air.
Overall, however, she commanded the stage in front of her 5-piece band, often banging on the drums or the microphone stand, her movements accentuating the dramatic indie pop. “Rich Kid Blues,” with an eastern-tinged vocal, was a highlight, along with “I Follow Rivers” and an unexpected cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” “Get Some” had a bone-rattling hip hop bass intro, and closed the set with huge energy.
Fellow Swede (Swedish-American, technically) Mapei opened the show with an excellent short set of R&B-flavored electro-pop.
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He's giving sneak previews of his symphonic work on network TV commercials and pop songs. Every student of violin and cello should be following his page. But so should you. You have heard Andrew and his writing on Grammy winning hits by Macklemore and Kesha.
...and his work with folks like Ethan Anderson to save the music industry locally and globally with the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs is something to watch.
Or don't follow him and life will be a little less colorful and inspiring, but sometimes you don't notice how good life can be without good art and good friends.
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