Although MØ’s recent stop at Union Transfer last Wednesday (April 13th) didn’t leave quite the impression on the city as a whole that Waxahatchee’s two sold-out shows at the venue did earlier that week, for the modest crowd in attendance, the hour-long performance seemed to pack a profoundly satisfying punch. The Danish electropop singer/songwriter is currently touring behind her third LP, Motordome, released this January, and this was her first performance at the Eraserhood nightclub in just over three years. Yet, from opening numbers “Youth Is Lost” and “Cool to Cry” (both off of the recently dropped album), the few hundred electronic music fans in attendance were singing and fist-pumping along with every word and every beat. While many artists post-lockdown are attempting to give audiences bang for their buck with extended setlists (which is frankly already getting a bit boring), MØ instead opted for a live spectacle that included numerous video screens and an actual motorcycle, in addition to an onstage swagger that seemed to be inspired in equal parts by SZA and Siouxsie Sioux. And her scantily-clad, neon-bedazzled fans were eating out of the palm of her hand for every single second of it. Despite the sparsity of attendance, the performance felt more like a secret afterparty for an all-day festival, than anything lacking in relevance. By the time the postmodern chanteuse reached recent single “Brad Pitt” during the encore the energy in the room was akin to that evoked by a #1 summer jam played amongst tens of thousands.
April 18, 2022