Oh Land Delivers

September 27th, 2011

Oh Land – The Bowery Ballroom – September 26, 2011

Fresh off supporting Sia on a summer tour, Denmark’s finest export of recent times stopped off in NYC last night for a sold-out show at The Bowery Ballroom. Oh Land (actually named Nanna Øland Fabricius) feels like yet another (there can never be enough) exciting European female making intelligent but incredibly infectious pop, fitting very comfortably next to the likes of Lykke Li and Florence and the Machine.

The stage was set up with a string quartet on the drum riser and a collection of balloons that looked ready to fly away but instead had images of Fabricius’s face projected onto them to provide video backing vocals—definitely one of the most creative things I’ve seen in a while. From the opener, “Perfection,” her voice was hypnotic. She quickly pulled a veil from her face to smile at the capacity crowd as one concertgoer threw a handful of glitter into the air. Songs like “Voodoo” were pure fun while “Lean” had a quiet tenderness to it.

Seeming genuinely thrilled to be there, the rest of the band transformed into Fabricius’s forest friends for “Wolf & I,” wearing animal masks while the balloons now displayed howling wolves. With such a fantastic voice, great pop songs and creativity at every turn, it seems like Oh Land won’t be going anywhere soon, except onward and upward. —Lauren Glucksman

Photos courtesy of Diana Wong |