by Tiana Feng
Rarely do I go to concerts on Monday, but I have been a fan of Danish pop-artist Oh Land since last year’s self-titled album. They played the Great Hall last night along with Sun Rai.
Before the concert, I had not previously heard of Sun Rai. When the scruffy Rai Thistlewayte appeared on stage, I half-expected him to pull a Doldrums and do something weird. However, I was pleasantly surprised by his smooth vocals as he opened solo with “Always Dreamed of You”. A drummer then joined him on stage and things picked up with “Instant California”. He kept things mellow with the crooning “Lost Perspective” causing some bros behind me to complain and I gave them some massive glare. There’s something alluring about Rai’s vocals. He doesn’t need a whole lot of glitz and glamour with that voice. He did end with “Til the Lights Come On” which featured a dazzling keyboard solo.
Oh Land took the stage opening with “Cherry on Top” from her latest album Wish Bone. Between songs her stage banter white quite endearing and funny, including the tale of having seen 10 nude people in a Toronto spa that day. A story of picking up dead birds led into “Bird in An Airplane” and the yellow eyes in the forest of Beauty & the Beast turned into “Wolf & I”. Other times she went straight into the next tune, surprising us with a sudden change of style in “My Boxer”. Fans of older albums got what they wanted with a stunning rendition of “Perfection” and the final encore of “White Nights”. This was a Monday show definitely worth leaving the house for.