Jessy Lanza Divan Orange, Montreal QC, September 28

Jessy Lanza Divan Orange, Montreal QC, September 28
Photo: Steve Louie
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Jessy Lanza plays like a musician further along in her career, so it felt oddly lucky to see her play at the compact Divan Orange. Her afternoon set was a minor triumph; with just two synths, a laptop and an effects pedal, Lanza somehow made the day-lit venue feel moody; maybe it's her voice, which sounds as good if not better than it does on her debut, Pull My Hair Back. She lent songs like "Giddy," "5785021" and "Kathy Lee" a little extra verve, and though she was straight-faced and professional while playing, she couldn't help but crack a smile each time the audience broke into applause. Lanza comported herself like a pro, not missing a beat despite slight feedback and being on her first tour. She closed with the burbling "Keep it Moving," which inspired something of a dance party near the stage. Given Lanza's showing here, expect the party to keep getting bigger.

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