Last night, the incredibly talented Dan Black made a triumphant return to the stage as part of the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron Chinatown in New York City. The tightly packed venue hosted about 100 eager fans and industry folk alike whom gathered around the tiny stage to witness Black’s live return after a two year absence.
Around 9:30PM, Dan made his appearance. Dressed in a black blazer, jeans and sneakers the enthusiastic singer began his live set with a groovy and upbeat brand new song (tentatively titled) “Plastic Heart.” Backed by a guitarist and a percussionist, both wearing a Monkey and a Rabbit mask, respectively; the two piece band continued the set with Black’s now classics “U + Me” and “Symphonies.” Black’s voice sounded as good as ever. Between his high and low hymns it was refreshing to hear that he can still deliver those fresh rhymes and vocal rhythms as smoothly as he did two or three years ago since I last saw him when he opened for electro-pop queen, Robyn.
Black’s elecro-charged set continued with a mixture of old tracks including “Pump My Pumps” and “Alone” from his amazing and critically acclaimed debut ((un)) plus 3 more brand new tracks called (again, tentatively titled) “Blow”, “Wild” and “Hearts.” All 4 new songs sounded upbeat, dancy and catchy with the same electronic-pop flair, style and vocal flow that have made Dan Black a stand-out amongst electronic-pop music fans.
Black ended his set with one of my favorite songs, ‘Ecstasy.’ “I want that hot breath of life in me, I want that hot breath of life in me” he repeatedly crooned as the audience enthusiastically sung along with him.
Check out some videos below
Expect Dan Black‘s to drop his brand new single in January 2013 with a follow-up to ((un)) later in the year. The new record will include some very ‘special collaborations’. A while back there was some twitter talk regarding a Dan Black and Kelis production…let’s hope she appears on the record!
Dan Black (iTunes)
The video below is courtesy of my good friend and concert buddy, Camille from HardCandyMusic, who I attended the event with. Enjoy!