Lemolo played The Triple Door last night as part of City Arts Fest.
The Triple Door
Thursday, Oct. 18
Lemolo has earned a lot of attention on the Seattle music scene lately, managing to tour with the Head & the Heart and play Bumbershoot Festival before even releasing an LP. Then they dropped their first full-length album, The Kaleidoscope with two shows (one sold out) at the Columbia City Theater. And their success is still continuing to build, as evidenced by their sold-out show at the Triple Door last night.
After seeing the duo perform their dreamy indie pop it's easy to understand what all the hype is about. Most of Lemolo's music has an ambient, downtempo quality that lulls listeners into a sleepy state, but last night the band performed with such intensity there was no chance of any audience members napping. Meagan Grandall's sumptuous vocals, which sound a little wispy on The Kaleidoscope, were belted out with impressive clarity. Kendra Cox, who switched between a drum set and keyboard positioned near the front of the stage, played with a surprising energy that made the percussion much more prominent then it is on the duo's LP.
Songs like "Move Me" and "Who Loves" that showcased both Grandall's alluring vocals and Cox's perfectly placed drumbeats were clear highlights. But the best of the night was "Letters," a soulful performance that created a dreamy, elegant atmosphere for the audience to fall into. A giant, colorful glass sculpture in the middle of the stage added to the atmosphere, but seemed a bit arbitrary until Grandall explained that it was a kaleidoscope created by a fan who was inspired by their music. Lemolo unexpectedly chose "The Wind" for its encore, a downtempo track that's good but not great. But overall their performance was impressive and proved why Lemolo is quickly rising to success.