Monday, March 21, 2011


The Norwegian band played in Toronto last week, opening their North American tour in support of their new album Senior.

The album is a bit of a departure from Röyksopp’s usually ebullient pop ditties, but thankfully the concert didn’t focus on its more somber, abstract and down-tempo tracks.

Compact and powerful vocalist Anneli Drecker was a welcome and lively presence on stage.

Despite being a band with such a cool videography, Röyksopp didn’t bring any visual aids on tour. No projectors, no laser beams, not even LED lights! All we got was the guitar player with a pillowcase over his head.

In all fairness, Drecker stroke the most curious poses wearing an elaborate head piece.

And band member Svein Berge wore a cool bracelet made of light!

Overall, the concert had a very experimental feel to it, but the band still delivered the hits and made an explosive finale. Much a propos for a band whose name in Norwegian means the mushroom cloud that appears after the explosion of a nuclear bomb (an ecstatic fan volunteered the factoid to me.)

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