Robyn and Royksopp turn the Hollywood Bowl into a Swedish dance party
At the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night, Robyn performed like one of her pop symphonies come to life. She never stopped moving, just like her songs that build up to a manic beat, and she poured emotion into every word, just like the poignant lyrics that belie her music’s mainstream sound. And she had the perfect partners in crime for her musical mission: Robyn is touring with fellow Scandinavians Royksopp to support their mini-album Do It Again, the first joint project from the frequent collaborators.
Bowl-goers were treated to a full set from Royksopp–including the upbeat “Remind Me,” which you might remember from a certain Geico commercial–followed by a solo Robyn set. After starting things out with 2005’s “Be Mine!,” Robyn previewed a pair of freeing new songs (take a listen to “Love Is Free” and “Set Me Free” here) before getting back into some familiar favorites. The back-to-back bangers “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing on My Own” whipped the crowd into a footloose frenzy, clearly inspired by Robyn’s own moves throughout the night, including a Beyoncé-worthy booty bounce she deployed more than once.
But the focus of the night was the concert-ending combo set, which highlighted the artists’ musical similarities as well as what each entity brings to the table. On songs like “The Girl and the Robot” and the mini-album’s title track, you can hear Robyn’s pop sensibilities shine through the thumping Royksopp beats, while on “Sayit” and “Monument,” the Swedish duo bring a darkness we don’t typically hear from Robyn.
For the encore performance of “None of Dem,” a Royksopp-featuring number from Body Talk, Robyn got behind the boards with the masked duo, driving home the night’s collaborative spirit. The venue might be known best for its L.A. Philharmonic performances, but for one night, Robyn and Royksopp turned the Hollywood Bowl into a laser-showered dance party. There was plenty of PLUR, with an emphasis on the U.