Live Review: Breanne Düren — Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA
Fri, 13 May 2011 17:56:42
During an intimate performance at the Hotel Café last night, Breanne Düren captured something timeless on stage.
Veering from sunny pop, she emanated a cool, jazz swagger that proved utterly hypnotic while she sang. It's Düren's uncanny ability to mold her voice into a cornucopia of sonic styles that makes her live performance simply transcendent. She opened up the set with the gorgeous hum of "Daydreams" from her debut solo EP, Sparks.
Sitting at her keyboard, raw energy rose from the keys, wrapping her voice in a warm rapture and instantly pulling the crowd in. The embrace got tighter with the soulful bounce of first single "Gold Mine". There's a cinematic undercurrent to her bouncier moments, and it's heightened watching her sway and smile as she croons.
Between songs, she let out a modest laugh exclaiming, "I'm having fun right now. I hope you guys are!"
The audience moved in closer to the stage during the marvelous and melodic "Summer Days". With her unbreakable delivery, it was as if Düren heralded the coming summer even more effectively than the May heat. With white girl soul and an intelligent wit, she's like the perfect cross between Kate Nash and Fiona Apple—but even cooler and cuter.
She gave the crowd the old "switcheroo" standing up and effortlessly wading through Jamie Lidell's "Another Day", adding a ton of heart to the cover. With a little shoulder moved, she had no shortage of spunk and she got the crowd smiling.
Düren wrapped everything up with a cheery "No One Else", lifting the audience up once more into her dreamy little pop world. It's a beautiful place to be and it's illuminated by her spark alone.
Have you heard Sparks yet? Check out our detailed album review here!