There’s an inherent intimacy that accompanies a Broods show. It is as if you are being let in on some secret or eavesdropping on a conversation between lovers. The feel is unfiltered, honest and then earth shattering.
The New Zealand, brother-sister duo played a sold out show at Webster Hall on Tuesday night. Lead vocalist, Georgia Nott, paraded from the left of the audience to the right throwing shadows from the rays of leather on her jacket on the walls. At certain notes you could watch the energy begin at her feet and erupt through her body as she belted out the lyrics in a backbreaking arch. With the exception of a brief, seated slow jam session, Caleb performed from the back riser as the electro-pop ringmaster.’
The group played a mix of songs from their first two albums. The triumphant ballad “Free” evoked themes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as the narrator begs for memories to be expunged from her mind so she doesn’t feel pain. Broods has a way of hiding the reality of the lyrics behind uplifting beats and synth. “Heartlines,” co-written with Lorde, comes across as a seductive love letter, but is really about a long distance relationship where each party is only invested when they’re together. The delicate “Bridges” has a similar feel and helped close out the show.
Broods released its sophomore album, Conscious, on June 24, 2016 on Capitol Records. The duo will be on tour in North America through November.
Article: Alx Bear