Lenka at the Entry, 6/19/2011
Not many people can write happy love songs and makes them believable, but Australian singer/songwriter Lenka sure makes it looks easy, all the while having fun.
In a current sea of soulful singers like Adele and Duffy, Lenka sticks out like a sore thumb adorned in sequin and equipped with a keytar. Yet, no one rocks the keytar like this pint-sized singer, packing a lot of entertainment into her 80-minute set.
The majority of the audience, mainly young women in their late teens with a few younger girls and a handful of older folks thrown in, were treated to music from Lenka's recent sophomore album, Two. Opening with "Heart Skips A Beat," the first single off Two, Lenka didn't miss a beat either despite a malfunction with the mic.
Embracing the new music industry model of connecting with fans, the singer invited the audience to bring onstage any poetry that they might have written before performing "Everything At Once," claiming she was going to break the Guinness record for the world's longest pop song, outdoing Iron Butterfly's "In Da Gadda Da Vida."
Lenka does at least one cover during her sets, recently recounting Modest Mouse's "Gravity Rides Everything" on a B-side. Her pick for this leg of the tour was an updated pop version of Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want to be With You," concluding by pointing to the young girls in the front row and charmingly saying, "I bet you don't even know who wrote that song."
Since this was the last night of the East Coast tour, everyone was giddy and anything went. The gaiety was infectious, as was marked by a middle-aged man who couldn't keep his feet still to the upbeat "You Will Be Mine," which echoes Death Cab's "I Will Possess Your Heart."
On Lenka's last tour, there was no encore for she only had one album out at that point in 2009, ending her set with, "I will be back when I write more songs." Fans were not disappointed tonight, for her encore included the misnomer "Sad Song" and her signature song "The Show," inviting everyone to let out their frustrations on the bridge, shouting "I want my money back!"
With her positive outlook on life and love, Lenka's music keeps us all young, paralleling her song "We Will Not Grow Old" with the lyrics "We've got a long, long way to go to get there, we'll get there, but oh, if there's one thing that we know, it's that we will not grow old."
Personal Bias: Lenka's music is the soundtrack to my life.
The Crowd: Mainly young girls of the college age set along with some suburbanites and their kids.
Overheard in the crowd: Not much, except a lot of singing along and squeals of laughter when the silly string was broken out.
Heart Skips A Beat
Roll With The Punches
Everything At Once
Don't Let Me Fall
Trouble Is A Friend
I Only Want To Be With You
Here To Stay
Dangerous And Sweet
You Will Be Mine
We Will Not Grow Old