Live Review: Little Boots — The El Rey Theater, Los Angeles
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:34:22
Lady Gaga needs to be dethroned.
Little Boots is just the right girl for the job. Little Boots' path to pop dominance saw her perform a fantastic set to a packed Los Angeles crowd at The El Rey Theater last night. Little Boots' energy cackled frenetically for nearly an hour as she played one catchy concoction after another from her phenomenal Atlantic Records debut, Hands, which hit U.S. shelves a mere week ago. One week old or not, the crowd sang every word back to the English trip-pop temptress, as she dazzled with each note, word and movement.
Her set couldn't have begun more poetically. A slow synthesized thump, resembling a heart beat, reverberated through the ornate Mid-Wilshire theater. The slow rumble saw a hooded Little Boots sit at her keyboard center stage, resembling a pop prophet or electronica astro-girl. Flanked by a similarly hooded band, she infused life into every line of "Ghost." Her voice swirled around the room in a blanket of synths like some sort of aural apparition, slowly but surely lulling the entire audience under her spell. After a perfect-pitch, noir-ish opener, the dancing began full force, and it didn't stop. Little Boots took to the center stage clapping along precisely to the beat of "Click" with a tambourine in hand. Lasers shot out over her, and the show immediately morphed from smoky trip hop into a full-blown sonic trip. During "Click," she engaged the audience, leaning towards the crowd while nailing every note and sharing smiles all around.
Then came "Hearts Collide," which blends everything that makes Little Boots so brilliant. From a verse that wouldn't be out of place on Portishead's Dummy to a chorus that Lady Gaga would kill for, the song is pure dance majesty. The spacey keyboards elevate Little Boots' voice to legendary heights. Next was "Earthquake," where lasers springing up from the stage served as a harp for the singer, in one of the most mindblowing stage setups in recent memory. This was something that James Cameron couldn't even dream up. Little Boots plays in 3-D, but she's way sexier than any Avatar.
Plus she's funny…Standing in front of keyboard, she fiddled with a few buttons and quipped, "Can you bark like a dog?" she's so adept at the instrument she could probably make it do just about anything include bark.
She's already primed for arenas and "Mathematics" and "Remedy" perfectly proved that seamlessly blending the visuals and the vocals. By the time she closed, with "Stuck On Repeat," the laser ballet reached its climax and not one viewer in the crowd was unsatisfied.
Pop needs a new face that wasn't constructed by "the industry." All hail the new queen. All hail Little Boots…
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