Britta Phillips in Concert @ Le Poisson Rouge 9/28/16 Review by Fred Stal
Britta Phillips — the multi-talented bassist for the band Luna played a stellar show last week at the NYC staple Le Poisson Rouge, to support the release of her solo record Luck or Magic. Backed by her husband Dean Wareham and members of Luna, the show allowed Dean’s better half to shine and deliver a great set of new wave inspired music.
Opening for Britta, was Idgy Dean, a one-woman psychedelic dream-pop band. She really blew away the crowd, with an incredible presence, and innovative song catalog. Idgy is a self-proclaimed feminist loop artist, mystic, yogini, surfer, lover, and much more. This new artist set the pace for a memorable night of music. Definitely look out for more from this budding Brooklyn-based musician.
Back to Britta, this show was in support of her album Luck or Magic. While this is a collaboration with her long-time bandmate Dean Wareham, musically this record breaks away from their customary sound and is a record all her own. “Daydream”, as well “Drive”, are dream pop songs at their finest, translating in alluring fashion when performed live. Both tracks are reminiscent of some newer acts in the genre such as Beach House and Lana Del Rey. “Do It Last” is a dark number delivered with melodic- synth texture, and such a sweet voice that it makes the listener forget the song’s underlying message : “I don’t care who did it first, cause I’m gonna do it last”.
The title track Luck or Magic stayed consistent with the song structure from the album, but carried through with a different energy when played live. For the encore Britta and the band performed a cover she had previously performed live with Dean, Serge Gainsbourg’s “Bonnie and Clyde” and the Dylan classic “I’ll Keep It With Mine.” After many years playing with different bands, in different capacities, this is the first solo record from Britta Phillips. Currently touring Europe, let’s hope we hear more from this ever-evolving artist.
Britta Phillips – brittaphillips.com
Le Poisson Rouge – lpr.com