This week, rising pop-star Dagny delivered a stellar show in the Lower East Side.
Dagny. If you’ve never heard her name before, you’re missing out. Luckily, we attended the Norwegian songstress’ sold-out gig in Mercury Lounge and we’ve got the scoop. The artist is beautiful, fun, and above all, talented. Full of infectious beats and catchy hooks, Dagny’s tracks are essential additions to your summer playlist.
On Tuesday, the artist’s gig was dominated by powerful vocals and playful rhythms. Following a brief hiccup at the beginning of her set, Dagny stopped the music and restarted the performance. It seemed impossible that the artist could improve from her first round but damn, we were wrong. Dagny started again and this time, her delivery felt effortless.
Performing tracks from her Ultraviolet EP, Dagny held nothing back. Demonstrating a natural charisma and affinity for the stage, the artist danced along with the crowd through her hits “Fool’s Gold,” “Too Young,” “Fight Sleep,” and more. In between songs, Dagny spoke to the audience and encouraged them to let loose at her show. All she had to do, it seems, was ask. The crowd complied with the artist’s every request.
At a special moment in the night, Dagny paused during her song “Wearing Nothing” to call out to the audience.
“New York City, do you want to dance with me? Put your hands up.”
Dozens of arms swayed in the air. On-stage, Dagny danced above the scene, shining in her element. The artist remained true to her self-described attitude of “eternal optimism” and her desire to constantly “celebrate life.” During her set, it seemed as though this celebration would never stop.
Unfortunately, like all good things, the party came to an end. Yet, it was not without one final banger. Dagny, in this case, certainly saved the best for last. Closing with her track “Backbeat,” the room lit up as the crowd danced and sang along with the upbeat but poignant song about love, learning, and letting go.
Incorporating percussion, bass, guitar, keys, and back-up vocals, the performance was well rounded and harmonically rich. Dagny, with a sound comparable to fellow female musicians such as Sia and HAIM, is an artist to watch.
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