LILY FROST at the Rivoli, Saturday, September 15. Rating: NNNN
The temperature might have dropped outside on Saturday night, but it was good vibes and warmth inside the Rivoli for the launch of Lily Frost's new album, Do What You Love.
Backed by five musicians, including By Divine Right's José Contreras, Sheezer's Laura Barrett and backup vocalist Lindsay Fitzsimmons, Frost cut a mesmerizing figure. She was joyful, goofy, theatrical and sultry, with disarming pitch-perfect vocals that carried the show.
The new album is largely bright and shiny indie pop, full of handclaps, bah-bah backups and memorable choruses. But it was the show's darker moments that really won us over: the Eastern Europeanish Grenade; the Dido-esque Stand; shuffling No Promises, with its tough anti-commitment lyrics; and, most of all, Forest Fire, from 2009's Viridian Torch, whose vivid lyrics Frost brought to life while working dramatic magic over a Theremin.
But quieter moments worked, too. The band grew hushed for I'm On Fire, another standout, while the encore duet with Contreras, also Frost's husband, was pure sweetness.