In a world full of a countless new musicians trying to make it big everyday, I find it refreshing when I see a new performer that really has the talent and belts out music full of passion. Tove Lo is that kind of a performer.
On Tuesday, April 22nd, Tove Lo shone bright at her very first ever LA show at the Silver Lake venue, the Echoplex.
To a packed house, Tove delivered her Truth Serum EP in order, which makes sense, as the six songs tell the story of a relationship, from hopeful beginnings to a devastating and drug-fuelled break-up. “I’ve got to stay high all the time to keep you off my mind,” she sings, leading the audience in the world’s least appropriate arms in the air sing-along.
Having written for the bands Girls Aloud and fellow Swedes Icona Pop, as well as alongside pop master Max Martin, Lo certainly knows how to pen a chorus, but the songs she keeps for herself are frank, sweary, mascara-smeared outpourings. There is a gritty, humble twist to her carefully crafted pop offerings that are all the more addictive for their realism. Her songs are big, full of passion and despair. The band knows it, too, and deliver her pop hooks with the full-blooded conviction of a rock group.
All in all, her voice holds up, the production was killer, and most importantly, everyone was incredibly excited to be there. This was one pop show that engaged the heart as well as the senses. If you get the chance to see Tove Lo before she becomes an arena-bound pop megastar, grab it with both hands.
For more photos and even a couple videos of her performing at the Echoplex, check out http://www.theburningear.com/2014/04/live-tove-lo-los-angeles-4-22-2014/