SHOW REVIEW: Mura Masa, Corona Theatre, Montreal

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Last night, electronic rising artist Mura Masa took the stage at Corona Theatre playing for a packed and very energetic crowd. Opening the night, indie artist KUČKA took the stage for a solo performance.

Alex Crossan, the artist behind the music played live instruments – including drums, keyboard, and guitar – taking a backstage approach to his performance, while an up-and-coming female vocalist (unconfirmed if Bonzai or Fliss) covered the vocals on every track. She was a killer hype girl, often quite literally stealing the spotlight, nailing the vocals (on both male and female vocals) and grooving across the stage.

The tour is in support of his highly anticipated and long-awaited debut album Mura Masa. The major-label album showcases a wide range of instruments from all around the world (see what I did there), including Japanese flutes, African thumb pianos and steel pans as well as an equally varied group of featured vocals from the likes of A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Bonzai, Desiigner, Christine and the Queens, Damon Albarn (Gorillaz) and NAO.

Although the 21-year-old artist only released his first album this past month tracks like “Firefly” (his breakout track) and “Love$ick” have been garnering millions of streams since 2015 and 2016, respectively. As two of his most loved and streamed tracks, it was no surprise that he opened the show with “Love$ick” ad closed with “Firefly” as the encore.

It was without a doubt an incredibly energetic and enjoyed show. The only complaint I heard over and over again? It wasn’t longer.

April Yablonovitch

A born and raised Montrealer, April is a recent marketing graduate from McGill University. Trying to navigate through the adult world, she now works in digital music marketing at Wavo.me. When she isn't photographing or attending shows, you likely won't be able to find her, because she isn't in one place long. But, you can follow her adventures at @aprilyab on Instagram and Twiter for all things travel, music and photography. For more information check out www.aprilyablonovitch.com or contact at aprilyab@gmail.com

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