Last night, Jessy Lanza opened for Edmonton electronic duo Junior Boys as apart of their ongoing American tour. (Jeremy Greenspan of JB co-wrote and co-produced much of Lanza’s forthcoming album Oh No.)
Opening for the two was a fellow Canadian who works in modular synthesizer music. Positioned offstage at crowd level, his dense setup of multicolored wires and analogue synths were arranged in a fashion that would never be replicated again, which Borys verbalized before starting his nearly half-hour set. Borys picked up with a surreal drone composition that sampled, looped and layered a spoken word sample. The music quickly gained rhythmic intensity with a dynamic range of class techno sounds and propulsive dance beats. Borys’ genuine enthusiasm, coupled with his erratic moves, made him a humble yet thrilling performer.
Jessy Lanza makes sexy, surreptitious dance music best enjoyed behind closed doors. But Jessy’s new record, and the new energy she’s applying to her live shows, feels thoroughly more approachable. The hushed and intimate musings of her debut record, Pull My Hair Back, still sound as fresh as they did in 2014, but it’s on tracks from her new album (“It Means I Love You,” “VV Violence”) where she really shines. The audience responded ecstatically to moments when Jessy left her keyboard to take the stage, divulging her underplayed star power and infinite cool. She performed with drummer Tori Tizzard, adding a brilliant layer of rhythm to an already engaging solo setup.
Here’s a rough setlist:
“Never Show Your Love”
“You and Me” (?)
“It Means I Love You”
“Pull My Hair Back”
Oh No is out May 14 via Hyperdub.