2018 was a great year for the pop star. Not commercially, but creatively. In Vanity Fair described the recent development as to where the poppen lost its agendasättande role to hiphoppen, it has conquered new visionary depth. On the world stage is illustrated the movement of people as Troye Sivan, Ariana Grande, or, for that matter, Robyn. Here at home, embodied the same movement of two best buddies: Benjamin Ingrosso and Felix Sandman.
the two in the autumn been on the joint tour are equally given as ingenious. With the newly launched careers, sharpened profiles and massive song contest-success they share more than just the interest from roughly the same target audience.
Their respective album, sandman's warm-up ”Emotions” and ingrosso's ”Identification”, which is cut from the same block of stone of two different sculptors. The one with the emotions at the front in his oeuvre. The other with a greater interest for the structures and angles. 2018 was their.
on Monday night is perhaps the biggest event in the genre in Sweden in the year. It brings together a remarkable combination of hipsters and children. As if the protagonists straddling the generations, by being simultaneously trendy and popular.
First up is the Sandman, the more aesthetically demanding of the two. He enters the stage in darkness and a sound that flirts crudely with Depeche Mode. Has something dramatic, a little ödlelikt over him, when he winds himself around the microphone stand, alone at the front. He also has an integrity that holds for risk-taking.
a stripped-down setting gave him such a success in the Eurovision song contest would, thus, be able to give him problems in the future. For certain screams from the youngest high when he to the only guitar in front of hits from his time as a pojkbandsstjärna in the R&O. But it is in the chilly numbers like ”Everything is great” and ”Human” as sandman's warm-up ability to challenge, but at the same time, feel a pop, will arrive the very best.
Benjamin Ingrosso is a different kind of essence. Striking wood a young George Michael opens his half of the concert with ”Dance you off”. The neon lights shining in the lackjackan, release lets his really quite square male body pushing the border towards the feminine, androgynous.
also taken from the 80's. But they weigh lighter than the sandman's warm-up, coming from the same boxes of house, disco and synthfunk as Daft Punk once dug in.
ingrosso's most touching characteristic as an artist is how open he is with that he always wanted to be a star. When he sits down at the piano for the ballad ”Happiness”, with one of several texts on the theme, he recalls Prefab Sprouts Paddy McAloon. He also built a career on playing that he was an icon, until he actually became one.
To Benjamin Ingrosso now twenty-one years old may rush around the Circus with Felix Sandman in the encore ”do you Think he cares” is proof that the that mimics their own idols sufficient stubbornly to the end itself can also be others. This evening, live two young men, literally, of his dreams. It is poppens perhaps the most beautiful trick, staged right in front of our eyes.
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