Last night I attended a gig I have been looking forward to since January 2016. Lydmor finally made her maiden performance in Bangkok and it was worth every moment of the wait.
The woman behind the music, Danish singer/songwriter Jenny Rossander was originally scheduled to perform her first show in Bangkok at Moose Ekamai 2 years ago, but due to an unforeseen illness she was forced to cancel the gig. She was also set to perform in Bangkok again in October 2016 alongside the amazing Saint Cava, also from Denmark, but that gig was canceled as well. A lot has changed since then, with Rossander taking a new direction with her music and sound, recently releasing “Money Towers”, the first single of her upcoming album “I Told You I’d Tell Them Our Story”, set to be released in September of this year.
Last night’s show was the last on a 7 city tour of Asia which Rossander has described as “completely indescribable and very, very addictive”, while also noting that she finds Asia “so magical … a mystery I can never solve”. Set at the wonderful, intimate venue that is JAM, all the pieces were in place for this to be a very special performance. Organized by Adapt, everything was of course set up beautifully, with the sound setup among the best I’ve ever heard at JAM.
It felt like every song was a story she wanted to tell and she was committed to telling it with everything she had, like she wanted to relay each moment and emotion, to get you to feel like you were there
I got to the venue a little late into the performance of Parim, who opened. I was happily surprised to see that her back-line was literally all the members of the band Monkey Business, who I love. Parim performed a fantastic mix of originals and covers, singing recently released tracks like “Say Hey” and “11:15 AM”, which currently sits 4th on Cat Radio’s charts. Her songs were soothing, smooth pop presented by beautiful vocals and we hope to see more from her, with further releases to be released with Comet Records.
There was a short break as Lydmor’s crew set up her lighting, which she promised in a pre-tour interview would be “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before”. It did not disappoint, making the tiny space feel like a concert hall and setting the mood and tone for each song.
She started her show quickly, catching the audience off guard and she walked straight on stage and immediately began her first track. As she sang her very first note, the venue was transformed, the mood changed, the audience put under a spell. Everything about Rossander’s performance felt very connected – the lighting, the music, the vocals. It felt like every song was a story she wanted to tell and she was committed to telling it with everything she had, like she wanted to relay each moment and emotion, to get you to feel like you were there. She took time between her songs to explain the meaning of tracks and talk about her process and touring experiences, notably speaking about feminism at one point, passionately describing how important she feels that it is and how change is still needed.
It was a joy to watch an artist so happy with their current scenario, in touch with the message they want to share and the sounds they want to create
She performed with a lot of energy throughout a very full set, dancing across the stage and often moving in and out of the crowd. I specifically loved her performances of “Money Towers” and an unreleased track about Shanghai, which she seemed to thoroughly enjoy performing, a smile on her face as if she was experiencing the city, the room, the people in it and their energy. She ended her performance with a remixed version of her most popular track “I Love You”, transformed from the original version with a stunning palette of electronic elements which got the audience dancing. It feel like a good representation of the changes that her music has gone through recently as she sits on the threshold of releasing an album the she has described as “my first album ever in some ways”. It was a joy to watch an artist so happy with their current scenario, in touch with the message they want to share and the sounds they want to create. As Rossander made her way from the stage, she acknowledged the audience which have given her their very full attention, shaping her hands into a heart as she left.
It was a perfect performance and one I hope we don’t have to wait so long to see again. But something tells me we won’t have to. Something tells me Lydmor’s love affair with Asia won’t end any time soon and that it will be one of the first regions on her list to grace when the time comes to tour her upcoming album. Until then, we get to see the progression of a wonderful artist, still with so many stories to tell.