LP at The Wiltern in Los Angeles on March 9. (Photo by Ashley Ramynke)
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Concert Review: Lost in the soulful sound of singer-songwriter LP

The stage dramatized with panels displaying forestry scenes weaved between an assortment of instruments awaited for LP.

On the “Heart To Mouth” tour in promotion of her fifth studio record under the same name, LP grabbed the microphone with a powerful essence, erupting into opening song “Dreamcatcher” at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

Outfitted in a gold bomber jacket over a leopard blouse paired with black jeans, a printed headband draped across her forehead and her signature cross earring, the audience of Angelenos gazed as she drifted across the stage.

With a consistent soulful fluidity to her voice, the singer-songwriter appeared to have no restraints as she executed every note. Complementing her vast vocal range, LP fluctuated between the acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele and tambourine.

The constant shift in her use of instruments, song temperament from uplifting to melodic and engagement with her band members and those in the pit reaching their hands up to the stage brought a continuous source of new energy.

Approaching the middle of the set, there was a climatic peak as the audience roared at the initial note for song “Tightrope.” The lights projecting onstage correlated with the distinct drum hits before going dark.

Then gradually illuminating from the bottom of the backdrop, the lights appeared like a new horizon for song “One Night in the Sun.”

Continuing with her more commonly known songs exaggerated through onstage theatrics, LP with her ukulele in hand performed “Girls Go Wild.” Within the instrumental sections, her distinct whistle echoed across the audience.

In opposition to the energy of the previous songs, all band members except the keyboardist moved into the wings as him and LP performed a stripped down version of song “Recovery.”

Whether a song was more uplifting or melodic, her performance did not feel forced and was a breath of fresh air to see someone make a venue of approximately 2,000 people feel intimate

Resurging the energy, but from an uplifting rock sound to harder rock, she performed a cover of The Rolling Stone’s 1966 song “Paint It, Black.”

Dwindling to a more anthemic vibe, ending song “Lost on You” proved the right mix of invigorating and hopelessly romantic, leaving the crowd in a sense of serenity before emerging into the aggressive nature of Ubers fighting for curb space and those selling bootleg merch crowded on this small segment of Wilshire Boulevard.

Setlist:

  1. Dreamcatcher
  2. When We’re High
  3. Dreamer
  4. Someday
  5. No Witness
  6. The Power
  7. Die for Your Love
  8. Tightrope
  9. One Night in the Sun
  10. Girls Go Wild
  11. Recovery
  12. Hey Nice to Know Ya
  13. Paint It, Black (The Rolling Stones Cover)
  14. Other People
  15. Shaken
  16. Special
  17. Muddy Waters
  18. Strange
  19. Lost on You

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