Britta Phillips at Le Poisson Rouge

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Britta Phillips
Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
September 28, 2016
Review and photos by David Chiu

It’s not often that singer-bassist Britta Phillips gets an opportunity to be in the spotlight by herself due to commitments to her bands Luna and Dean and Britta. However, this year has been a very different story as the musician had earlier released her first-ever solo record, Luck or Magic, after working in music for such a long time And to top it all off, Phillips has performed solo sets coinciding with Luna’s tour dates—which is what she did this past Wednesday at Le Poisson Rouge as Luna prepares for two shows in the Big Apple this weekend. Accompanied by the other members of Luna (Dean Wareham, Lee Wall and Sean Eden) along with an auxiliary keyboardist and violinist, Phillips on both bass and keyboards performed a majority of songs from the aforementioned Luck or Magic. The album’s gauzy and dreamy ambient sound carried over extremely well onstage—especially at a venue like Le Poisson– as Phillips ran through a seamless romantic-sounding set that included original material (“Do It Last,” “Ingrid Superstar”) and cover songs (Dennis Wilson’s “Fallin’ In Love”; Evie Sands’ “One Fine Summer Morning”; former ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog’s “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”; the Cars’ “Drive”); the show concluded with a Luna performance proper of “Bonnie and Clyde.” Phillips’ singing and stage moves lent a very sultry cabaret air to the proceedings—at one point, she actually went into the audience’s tables while singing with a wireless microphone; her voice and the musicians around her were in fine form that evening at the venue. To those who have seen Phillips for a long time with Luna, it was nice to witness her as the featured artist this time around, showcasing more of her range as a singer-songwriter in her own right.

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