Coming off the release of his highly acclaimed album, Black Sands, Bonobo delivered an inspiring performance to a packed Bowery Ballroom this past Monday night. Backed by his band of multi-instrumentalists, Simon Green’s primarily electronic compositions translated seamlessly to the live stage. Opening up with new songs like “Kiara” and “Kong”, it became evident that everyone on hand was already well versed in the new material that had only been circulating for a few weeks now. But of course we can’t forget about the throwback classics, specifically “Noctuary” and “Days To Come”, which have now been perfected by Bonobo and the band.
About midway through the set, a new face strolled on the stage by the name of Andreya Triana. With only three appearances on Black Sands, Andreya still managed to steal the show. Going through her featured songs, “The Keeper” and “Eyesdown”, the audience was awed by her soothing and soulful vocals.
We must also mention, The Invisible, the British based opening band that really got the crowd rocking. Despite my ignorance, it appears that this three-piece group has been making quite a stir in the UK, and they did the same that night at the Bowery. Performing some songs of their debut album, it was the perfect appetizer for the dazzling Bonobo performance.