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Broods At Amoeba, Tuesday June 28th 2016

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Broods

 

Being brother and sister doesn’t automatically translate in sibling rivalry, it can also lead to beautiful collaboration as it is the case for Broods, a brother and sister duo from New Zealand, who was visiting Amoeba on Tuesday night, to celebrate the release of their second album ‘Conscious’, following their debut album ‘Evergreen’ in 2014.

These two looked really good and young, very serious and very focused on their quiet and melancholic music. Georgia Nott started alone behind her keyboard for a few songs, and the whole set was very stripped down, showcasing her voice and nice vocal range. Even when her brother Caleb came on stage to add some guitar finger picking, the mood stayed very solemn and the crowd listened very respectfully. There was a long line in front of the store when I came in, which once again took me by surprise, as I had barely heard of Broods, but there are always many people who have found these bands before you even realize they exist.

The pretty Georgia Nott explained these songs didn’t sound anything like that on record, as the pop-electronic duo recorded this second album with producer Joel Little who also worked with Lorde and Ellie Goulding. If I didn’t think about Goulding during their performance, The Weeknd crossed my mind and I have seen a few comparisons with Taylor Swift in reviews, which makes sense if you care about a fresh and pretty face, who sings familiar ready-for-the-charts pop hooks. Live and stripped down to their minimum, their songs had a vague melancholic R&B vibe, and probably sounded sadder than on the recorded album, while her somewhat child-like vocals could turn into a few occasional and powerful croons. It was emotional-soulful pop, sang with calculated emotions, and although I was not completely seduced by their somewhat generic style, the crowd totally was.

This second album, which is said to be bigger and bolder than their previous work, is a new turn for the brother and sister duo, who has definitively expanded its sound: ‘I think the whole process of releasing the record and then touring the record was just a massive learning curve for us,’ said Georgia in an interview. ‘Everything that we were doing, we were doing for the first time and you just have to learn as you go. There’s not really a class for writing albums and touring albums at school.’

‘Conscious’, which is said to be about ‘the pleasures and pains of young adulthood—namely, what it means to take the reigns over your own life’, sounds very polished and has certainly all the potentials to reach the top of the charts, as it already did in their native country, New Zealand

‘After touring for so long, you start realizing which songs you enjoy playing the most and which songs audiences react to the most,’ said Caleb. ‘We know more about what we’re up to and that’s definitely influenced the way that we wrote the second album. I think it meant that we just gravitated toward writing songs that were bigger. This record is a punch in the face compared to the last one. The last record was very subtle and airy, this one really goes for the throat.’

It may be the case, but the acoustic setting in which they chose to play these songs at Amoeba was closer to a religious setting than a punch in the face.

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