Posted in music | pictures on November 25, 2009

words & photos by Erez Avissar

Royksopp

LA's Nite Jewel was a three-piece, joined by a live bassist, which boosted their show tremendously. They played a pair of new tracks, but the highlights to me were the familiar moments: when Ramona Gonzalez asked the sound guy to turn up the bass, I should have known they were about to launch into their evocative noir-disco banger "What Did He Say". It left the crowd no choice but to move their feet and hips. Hearing that devastating bass line played with real fingers and strings brought serious force to the delivery, and I think that that track in particular deserves to go down as an Italo classic. They received lots of shout-outs and volume love from the crowd, and judging by the amount of people who asked me what they're called, successfully won over the house.

Röyksopp opened with a slow-burning builder before launching into a setlist which basically went: hits, worthy gems, hits. Their live vocalist, Anneli Drecker, played such a fitting substitute to Karin Dreijer Andersson that you had be looking pretty close to tell the difference on those songs - every inflection sounded uncanny. Her execution was absolutely flawless, and when they rolled out with the surprise of the night, a note-for-note cover of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights," she put on a dead-on Kate croon.

Röyksopp stand behind their setup on an elevated riser in the back, occasionally popping out to strut, sing, or bang on something, but mainly leaving the focus on the prominent Drecker, with her many outfits, the light show, and mainly, you know, the music. Their 90-minute set left everyone in the house satisfied, and judging from their faces when the house lights went up, totally drained and disoriented from the experience. As good a sign of a great show as any.

Röyksopp and Nite Jewel played two nights in a row in NYC at Webster Hall (Monday 11/24 - Tuesday 11/25). The review and pictures in this post are from night one. The pictures are continued, with the setlist, below...

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Royksopp - night 1 setlist
Intro
Royksopp Forever
This Must Be It
Remind Me
Happy Up Here
Tricky Tricky
Alpha Male
You Don't Have A Clue
I Wanna Know
The Girl And The Robot
Eple
What Else Is There
Only This Moment
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Comments (16)

those kids with the silver head bands were such douchebags. they were acting like they were going to a theme party rave or some shit.

besides them the show was insane. anell drecker is a force of nature.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 7:51 AM

still reeling from the show on monday. best show i've seen all year. anneli drecker is out of control brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 8:25 AM

silver head band = gheylord

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 8:44 AM

way lame i missed two nights of Nite Jewel

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 9:27 AM

what did he say = great song. but noir-disco banger? really? how about a pinot noir-disco banger and mashup? will the silliness to describe songs ever end?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 11:04 AM

Does anyone know the name of the bassist? He was awesome!!

Posted by Chewbacca | November 25, 2009 12:42 PM

We got Robin for the LA show. SUCKAS!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 12:51 PM

we need more nite jewel in nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 1:17 PM

That review at top was too fawning to be credible. "Their set left everyone satisfied." Really? You polled everyone there?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 1:49 PM

amazing show, she was incredible!

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 4:07 PM

are those masked ppl the knife?

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 4:19 PM

$35 is too much for my blood, nite jewel needs to headline her own shit for cheaper, god i hate the big venues

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2009 11:14 PM

Chewbacca.
I think the base player is Nils Johansen, Anneli Drecker and him had this band Bel canto... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWWj8nIvAfc

Posted by martin | November 27, 2009 12:33 AM

Anonymous
No the knife is another band, but the singer from the Knife, Karin Dreijer has been featuring on some of Røyksopp`s songs like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn73-Ga1PeY
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADBKdSCbmiM

the girl that performed Karin Dreijer and Robyn song was Anneli Drecker

Posted by martin | November 27, 2009 12:44 AM

besides them the show was insane. anell drecker is a force of nature.

Posted by uggs outlet | December 3, 2009 1:55 AM

That's not Nils...

And Bel Canto is fabulous. Anneli Drecker is much more than just a vocalist. She's been in the business for years with several albums under her belt. Hey, she co-hosted Norwegian Idol. She's the Paula Abdul of Norway! ...well, in a much more mystical, talented and awesome way. :)

Posted by Violatrix | December 11, 2009 12:17 AM

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