Making my way into the crowded space of the Roxy I was immediately struck by a neon sign stating “Brasstracks”. With their music combining a harmonious balance between jazz ensemble and electronica, the band brought an energizing set to LA last week, bringing along guests like S’natra and Alexander Lewis.
S’natra began with warming up the crowd. Paired with a tight flow and dance influenced production, the rapper got the audience going with songs like “WORRY TOO MUCH” and “Off Key”. The rapper’s enthusiastic performance gave us a taste of what was to come.
As Ivan and Conor (Brasstracks) stepped on to stage, there was an immediate appraisal from the crowd. As the band eased their way into “Intro”, I was immediately mesmerized by their live instrumentation. Armed with a trumpet, drum set, keyboard, and other electronic elements, Brasstracks filled the stage with their orchestration. Throughout their set, they restored my faith in the element of performance. The duo not only presented an exuberant show, but they kept a level of engagement that lacks in other electronic acts. As the musicians entered into several improvisational moments between songs, it was evident both Ivan and Conor have an instant connection on stage, contributing to the harmony of their performance, and challenging each other on the various instruments.
The performance also included favorites such as “Good Love”, and “Get Your Way”. The set brought several high energy moments, emanating a sort of controlled chaos, as people were having a good time and the trumpets were going off. As they finish off their national tour, I’m sure they’ll continue to share their infectious sound and dynamic performance with other audiences around the US. Be sure to check out their most recent project below.