Collective euphoria best describes the scene inside the BØRNS show last Sunday at The Independent in San Francisco. BØRNS, aka Garrett Borns, and company most definitely succeeded in lifting their audience way up into the stratosphere where they held court in the clouds for just over an hour, mostly performing songs from BØRNS first full-length, Dopamine (Interscope).
What that capacity audience had come to see and hear was just what the album title suggests: songs infused with pleasure, the kind of pleasure that comes from being completely in love. In fact, all 11 tracks on Dopamine tell the tale of someone who is most willingly swept up in the dreamy, swirling haze of love and desire. Look no further than the seems to be everywhere single, “Electric Love,” for a taste of that. This absolute jewel of an album branches out in style to embrace multiple genres, but it’s roots are planted firmly in pop, sparkling and generously synthed up.
The Independent show had, by nature, more of an organic sound to it thanks to the full and very satisfying instrumental tones laid down by his strong band. All of the numbers retained their character quite nicely within this earthier treatment; BØRNS’ prism-lit vocals seemed to fly even higher than usual in contrast to it.
It was a delight to watch as the magician turned dreamweaver cast his spell over the room. BØRNS truly embodies the sentiment of the songs that he has created, these melodic invitations to the party, and he was a charming host. The party goers danced and sang and were a sea of smiles throughout the night, all of them happy to be a part of this ethereal affair.
BØRNS set list at The Independent was:
DUG MY HEART
10,000 EMERALD POOLS
BENNIE AND THE JETS (Elton John)