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Banoffee @ Club Bahia 11/7/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com. This photo was obtained under the express authorization and license by Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.
Banoffee @ Club Bahia 11/7/16. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com. This photo was obtained under the express authorization and license by Red Bull Media House North America, Inc.

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If there’s one thing that I love seeing as a “music critic”, it’s watching a musician develop over time. Back in 2014, I was able to catch Banoffee at The Echoplex when she was part of a showcase of musical talents from Australia. It was a decent performance, but I got the sense that she hadn’t yet fully crafted her musical identity insofar as her music seemed to jump around stylistically from R&B, reggae and EDM. I also recall that she spent almost all of that performance behind her synths, which acted as a barrier that really stunted the connection that she could have established with the audience, even giving off the air that she was timid on stage.

Fast forward two years, opening for Empress Of for Red Bull Sound Select’s “30 Days In LA”, and that timid lass is nowhere to be found. Her performance for “30 Days In LA” was bold, confident and cohesive. With a focused set of R&B influenced sonics, polished through her own sleek electronic production style, I watched this artist literally evolve before my eyes.

With her keyboards positioned at an angle, Banoffee was able to turn and present herself to the audience, wooing us with her smooth, sultry voice. Separating herself from her console, she able to really delve into the emotions of her music. Watching her fall to her knees as she belted out her lyrics added another dimension of emotion that, while subtle, no doubt left a memorable impression for those catching her perform for the first time.

So impressed with the way her performance has developed since the last time I saw her, I took the time to seek her out after her performance to let he know how impressed I was this evening. I don’t do that often, but when I do, I mean it.

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