I came to the Music Hall of Williamsburg fairly open minded. I had no idea what to expect of Lemonade live, and was only somewhat familiar with Teengirl Fantasy & Elite Gymnastics.
Elite Gymnastics started with a karoake projector that spat the lyrics back at us over some very karaoke like backgrounds. They gave out flowers, literally throughout the crowd, and were not shy at all. The music was hit or miss for me. There were some great beats and some interesting lyrics, but sometimes the effect controlled vocals didn’t do it for me. It seems to work a bit better recorded, but live, there is still room for them to grow.
Teengirl Fantasy were the next duo, and they picked up the pace, and had the crowd really moving and getting pretty excited. They created some colorful and vibrant electronic jams that sounded not like much coming out here. Their brand of electronic music is forward thinking and very in tune with emotions. They are releasing a new album later this year.
Lemonade came out and started the set with their cool mid-tempo numbers such as “Neptune”, but soon delivered the big punches. Callan Clendenin’s vocals were impressively strong, very in-synch with a r&b sound that gives the band a distinctive glow. Lemonade are at their best when they mix tropical sounds with a slight hint of r&b, giving a big beat drop that allows the crowd to just give in and dance (“Ice Water”). Lively and full of smiles from the beginning and end of their set, Lemonade were a pure pleasure to watch, and a band that I would surely see again without even thinking about it. It was the release party for their debut album Diver, out now via True Panther Sounds. It was an all around success.
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