Photos by Helen Marie
VV Brown was unconventially genius in her demeanor at Bowery Ballroom last week. It was her first US show, she made it her home by getting comfortable: bare-foot, wearing a Mardi-Gras mask and white dress. When VV opened her mouth and spoke whole-heartedly frank as she invited you into her world, the tables were turned from New York's warm welcome to VV's innate presence as a true host.
VV enjoys the topic of men and relationships. After opening with "Everbody," she successfully compels your desire to slap her ex-boyfriend after hearing: “I gave you 20,000 chances and put up with your cheating glances.” In "Game Over," we embrace the closure experienced in "Leave," which then leads to a new beginning, to experience the inner desire to find the next companion in her song "L.O.V.E."
The climax however came when the stage was cleared, all members of the 7-piece band stepped aside and left VV and the instruments on stage alone. At that moment, it was just VV Brown, her piano and us. It was remarkable to witness her in such a vulnerable state. No extra percussion, no digital beats, no special effects or kooky dance moves. The only special lighting—the glow she exuded as she sat at her piano and sang “Traveling Like the Light” with sweet perfection.