Robyn & Röyksopp – Rulers of Way out West

Robyn’s and Röyksopp’s performance together is one of the most talked about music acts of this years Way out West, especially since it’s  their only stop in Sweden before they leave us for their world tour together. And since I still haven’t gotten over their gig, here’s my review of their performance on Saturday.

After several successful collaborations together in the past, Robyn & Röyksopp decided last year that they wanted to create a new project together. Apparently Robyn, Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland felt a bit lost on their own musical path so they thought it would be a good idea to join forces and come up with new creative material. This spring they released the first EP Do it again and it has been a very important, well listened song amongst pop music this year. With help from each other they bring out electronic magic and fill our ears with melancholic sounds in their latest album.

When I arrive five minutes late to the concert I see to my surprise that they have brought one more of Norway’s biggest pop talents; Susanne Sundfør. She performs the big hit Running to the sea together with Röyksopp and with her powerful, heartbreaking voice she can make everyone get goose bumps and teary eyed.

But it becomes more of a 40 minutes warm up when Susanne leaves the stage for our Swedish pride Robyn dressed in red platforms and silver shorts with a hairstyle that could have been borrowed from David Bowie. She begins the concert with the old time favorite Be Mine and sends the audience on a nostalgic trip.

– I got so much energy tonight that I don’t know where to put it! She shouts out. There is no question about it; although it’s the last night at Way out West she fills us all with energy.

Robyn are letting the audience sing the whole chorus one time in Dancing on my own while she is standing with her back towards the audience and she caresses herself with her arms around her body that slowly goes up and down, it is breathtaking to see and hear.

When Röyksopp enters the stage again, dressed in silver balaclavas, they take their places and the stage fills with strobe lights, darkness and laser accompanied with futuristic image projectors. Robyn has changed clothes into a silver creation and lies down at a podium, while she’s jumping up and down. Say it got a raw sexiness and sounds almost like a updated mix of New Order and Kraftwerk.

Monument has power and the name of the song fits the performance as it’s really something the eyes and the ears won’t forget, it’s like a beautiful art installation. With some melancholic wind instruments embedded in Monument and lyrics so simple yet emotional it really turns out as one of my favorite songs from the album.

The confetti rains over the audience as Do it again starts playing and no one can stand still in the ocean of dancing people. The concert really was a sentimental yet energetic journey and it’s something one wants more of.

Robyn & Röyksopp ends the festival with lots of feelings, this is a memory and an experience I won’t forget. Robyn is not only an artist, she is also a phenomenon.

 

Photography by Kacper Kasprzyk

For more info about the “Do it again” tour with Robyn & Röyksopp go to: www.doitaga.in