Robyn Kicks Off Anticipated US Tour in Los Angeles

Robyn Kicks Off Anticipated US Tour in Los Angeles

She came, she sang, she conquered.

She came, she sang, she conquered.

Text: Greg Krelenstein

The cult surrounding Robyn is best understood through the lens of a night out at the club - what happens in those late night moments and the hangover the morning after. Robyn has always been a leader - a career marked through a few reinventions - and watching her show at the Palladium in Los Angeles on Saturday night,  you can understand why this artist has developed such a vocal and devoted following.

The second of two sold out nights, the first stop of the US tour (as part of Red Bull Music Festival Los Angeles) felt like going to church.  A stage bathed in gauzy white fabric, soft lighting and praying hands, signified a new Robyn - one at the top of her game after releasing her much anticipated album, HONEY, following an eight-year drought of a proper full length.  We knew Robyn couldn't repeat the formula of beloved hits like Call Your Girlfriend, yet the 9 songs dropped last year share with its predecessors the same ecstatic feeling that reminds us why the faithful love her so much.

In a nearly two hour set, Robyn didn’t stop moving and neither did the crowd. She doesn’t just create songs - she defines bops and bangerz and at this point, her most famous tracks don’t even require the disco-pop queen to do much because the audience has made them their own. During Dancing On My Own, she dropped the mic entirely leaving the crowd to shout out acapella her anthem for the lonely, most famously heard Stateside in the bedroom of Lena Dunham’s character on Girls. She also gifted the crowd with the moodier jams including Ever Again, Because It’s In The Music and Hang With Me.

Honey and Missing You, the standouts from the new album left a similar spell on the crowd, though where Robyn really shines are the in-between moments when the beat slows down only slightly to remind us she’s the forever queen of the dancefloor - better, wiser and still Indestructible.

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