I ended up at the ticket window of the Music Hall of Williamsburg last week, giving my name because I had somehow landed myself a spot on the house list that night to see Låpsley perform live. (And by "somehow," I mean a friend had hooked me up with last minute tickets through her work and she needed someone to take them.)
Against a backdrop of neon light, the British synth-pop singer began her set with the dreamy 2015 single "Burn," before going into songs off of her debut album. The 2016 full-length, Long Way Home, is reminiscent of Adele's soulful vocals and Chet Faker's downtempo production, all melted together into an electronic, R&B-splashed pop sound. At just 19 years old, Låpsley can command a stage, personality pouring out into her entire performance, from the showcasing of her sweet-sounding vocal range, to the carefree quips and anecdotes between numbers that summoned laughter and "I love you"'s from the crowd. Låpsley sounds almost exactly as she does on Long Way Home, but you get so much more out of her as a performer when you witness her live.
Just as soulful, the alternative R&B singer, Morly, opened the show armed with a synth-heavy sound and an eerily beautiful voice that lingers long after each song ends. I've been listening to Morly non-stop since the show, and the Minneapolis native is definitely an artist to watch out for. Wide-eyed and timid behind a synthesizer or guitar, Morly's music feels like those unexpected moments in life that quietly slip into the room, and quietly slip out, but the aftermath of it all keeps you looking for more.