LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… There were supposed to be two opening acts for CHVRCHES at The Palladium, but one of the bands, Wet Leg, had to cancel last minute because of a COVID 19 related issue. Thankfully, the other opening act, Donna Missal, was healthy and ready to delight the Los Angeles crowd.
It had been several years since the last time I saw Donna Missal perform live. She absolutely blew me away in 2019 when I caught her perform at SXSW. I was particularly taken aback by the way she attacked her music with passionate ferocity.
Donna’s recent music has taken a slightly different path than what I remembered. Her two latest singles “(to me) your face is love”) and “sex is good (but have you tried)” definitely lean more indie-electronic than the soul/R&B I heard her sing a few years ago. She performed both of those songs this evening, included a handful of songs that I wasn’t familiar with, and filled out the balance of her set with songs from her 2020 album Lighter. She even threw in a cover of Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees”.
I wondered as I watched her perform whether her future music would lean more indie electronic going forward. If she continues on this path, I’d love for her to find a way to really take advantage of and incorporate that passion that I fell in love with the first time I caught her live. I could see/hear a step in that direction when she hit the bridge of “(to me) your face is love”, but I’d love see more of it. To me her passion is love…”
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