Lord: From shadow to light

A pioneer, the names of his albums – Pure heroine (2013), Melodrama (2017) and Solar power (2021) – Give a good idea of ​​the path of art as the New Zealander gradually moves from shadow to light.

It is fair to say that Lord was not 15 years old when he composed the song in 2012. Royals It will make her known all over the world. But after seeing her twice at festivals in Montreal (Osheaga 2014 and 2017), I was as happy as I could be to see her express her art and creativity in a concert hall worthy of the name.

Lar-day! Lar-day!

Ella Marija was expected to be born in 1996 in Auckland to Lani Yelich-O’Connor. Within minutes of him coming on stage, you can hear the crowd chanting his name or shuddering at every turn. Background music. To my right in the R row, three young women could not wait any longer. In front of me, the audience had come to the concert on crutches. It takes whatever it takes to see what he likes.

Turning off the lights at 8:42 pm exploded the decibel scale and my right eardrum (three female spectators …), while the Lord’s generation – mostly women – could not sit for more than an hour. And a half more.

He made himself heard before being seen during New Zealand The leader of a new regimeIts silhouette is shown above by a slender staircase resembling a Chinese shadow through a large drum, whose shape, viewed from an angle, is reminiscent of the pinnacle of the lighting structures of the Place des Festivals.

Fantastic debut

This duo of different shapes – one geometric, the other not – rested on a rotating platform, which allowed the Lord many variations, presentation field: Interpretations Halfway Up the Stairs (Buzzcut season), Lying at the foot of the stairs (California), Lying on the steps (Mood ring) Or a few more, his musicians and singers behind him, as is the case Path. It did not count the two large fixed stairs at the edges of the stage where musicians, musicians and singers stood. Excellent talent on stage.

The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes.

Photo: Patrick Beaudry, SNAPePHOTO

It’s raining outside, but here you can see the sun. This is magic. You have no idea how happy I am to be hereThe singer said after three songs.

The danger in any substantial production is that it can sometimes devour the artist. All that is not here. With the intuition and intent of the beginning Lord led him to become a prolific artist who takes real pleasure in communicating his Joey de Vivre on stage in an environment worthy of adults.

Those who saw him dancing wildly without any expression on that teenager’s face almost ten years ago, can well measure the progress he has made. The Lord knows how to exercise restraint when the occasion requires it, but he practically moves the stage from one end to the other during an exciting presentation. Ribs.

From anxiety to pleasure

Was happy to be touring the world again this week – the concert in Montreal was only his third stop – he saluted our city, which he seems to especially appreciate, and he talked about his relationship with the scene. His rotating staircase, includes during a soundtrack Dominos And Responsibility. In 2017, it was reminiscent of Oshika’s moment sitting on stage to address a crowd in pouring rain. Minus the rain, of course …

In the old days, the stage was fine, but the hours before concerts … I was scared. This position no longer exists. The tension was over.

The author-composer who is meticulous about what is going on around him has long changed the bitter feelings in his songs, especially in the relationship, which has attracted a young female audience.

On Thursday, almost all of the songs – now classic songs to the most recent – were performed by a choir of about 3,000 voices from the floor to the depths of the final balcony of Sale Wilfried-Belletier. Solar power Although it has been released since 2021, it is rare for us to attend a concert where new topics are so familiar.

The Lord cut the costume into three acts each time, from casual opening dress to figure-hugging dress, and then to the stamped band-bustier set of the 1970s, when the concert reached its climax with three punches. Sober, supercut And Perfect places. Funk lines and beats swept across the room, turning the audience into a tall Wilfried dance floor. Disco ball missing, OK …

In the absence of the ball, confetti rained down on the spectators in the final Solar power The one who set up a table correctly Green light The faintness with which the Lord truly expressed joy. She kept it to remind her of the essentials Royals Before ending the first hour with another song, she explained with a beam of light towards her, TeamWhose Lyrics – “ We are on the team with each other – perfectly reflects his interaction with the public.

It also proved that if the concert proved to be a strong tone in the ambient gray, Lord would be able to preserve it on a very different disc board on a stylistic level than his predecessor. Then, the 25-year-old woman, who is considered normal, retained the interest of the 17-year-old who fell for us the most in 2014.

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