Newcomers Mura Masa and Michl Impress at Webster Hall

By Isabel Beebe, Contributing Writer

Thursday, Oct. 27, Mura Masa captivated their audience at Webster Hall. The 20-year-old artist Alex Crossman, better known as Mura Masa, played an 90-minute set starting with his newest release, a remixed version of his song “Love$ick” featuring A$AP Rocky.

From the very first note of “Love$ick,” Mura Masa’s set was fluid. For someone that recently came into the music scene — Crossman released his first mixtape, “Soundtrack to Death,” on Soundcloud in 2014 — he has figured out how to play a show that is professional, yet filled with a youthful, raw energy that excites his young audience.

Crossman was accompanied onstage by Bonzai, a British artist with sounds similar to those of Mura Masa. Bonzai provided vocals for songs “Firefly” and “What if I Go?” She also did a seamless job covering A$AP Rocky’s rap verses in “Love$ick,” eliminating any need for Rocky or any of the other featuring artists on Mura Masa’s albums to be present.

Not only was Mura Masa’s show musically solid, but the light show complimented the music’s ebbs and flows. Strobe lights shone down into the middle of the audience and colors shifted with each note made the performance feel interactive. Crossman stood bobbing his head while skillfully rotating between playing keyboard, drums and a laptop as Bonzai crisscrossed across the stage dancing along with the music. They alternated between performing from Mura Masa’s 2015 albumSomeday Somewhere” and older tracks, catering to both new and old fans.

Mura Masa’s opener, Michl, strikingly set the stage for the show. Featuring similar EDM roots to those of Mura Masa, Michl complemented Crossman’s bouncing electronic beats. His top songs “Die Trying” and “Kill Our Way to Heaven” were both released in 2016, and have melancholy lyrics layered atop skillful bass drops. For also being brand-new to the music scene — his debut self-titled EP dropped in August this year — Michl’s show was strong and smooth.

Mura Masa, Michl and Bonzai are all no older than 20, but they successfully put on a relentlessly entertaining, interactive and professional show. The Webster Hall show was their last in the United States before heading to tour in Europe. With two successful albums released by the age of 20 and a headlining tour under his belt, Alex Crossman has a bright future ahead of him.

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