By Esmée Colbourne
January 30th, 2019
MØ stormed the Commodore Ballroom, touring on her hazy new pop album Forever Neverland. Known for her palpable stage presence, MØ, whose real name is Karen Ørsted, performed personal music that on a first listen is filled catchy pop hooks. The Danish songstress was draped in smoke and violet light. Her lightshow, which was surprisingly simple, was highly effective. White rice paper background created an odd tissue background that, with the help of white light, projected MØ’s angular dancing body, refracting into Peter Pan-like shadows in a wide brimmed hat.
Opening with Purple Like the Summer Rain, a song about her experience living in California, MØ set the wistful tone for the rest of her set. After playing some of her hits, like I Want You and Kamikaze, she dipped herself into the middle of the audience to the tune of Red Wine. Navigating the audience like a shark, seemingly running away from her bodyguard, she surprised us all by popping up on a secondary stage on the other side of the venue. MØ and her band closed with encore piece Final Song. A good song for goodbyes, it gave a slightly melancholic end note to an otherwise upbeat show.
This performance, while giving us the dance music we needed, still enabled MØ to show her personality and be her introspective self. On the whole it was awesome to see this show in such a small venue and to see how MØ’s high energy and loud beats could mesh this older, midweek, Vancouver audience into a dancing crush.