This past Friday night Seoul sensation CIFIKA took the stage at Downtown Los Angeles' landmark venue The Moroccan Lounge. The day before the show CIFIKA had released her sophomore EP Prism on Third Culture Kids to stellar reviews including a premiere with Popcrush. The Moroccan Lounge marked CIFIKA's Los Angeles stop on her current tour featuring shows in more than twenty cities throughout North America. The tour is deemed to be the longest tour ever by any Korean artist in the United States.
CIFIKA who started her professional career as an art director has amazingly only been making music for the past two years. Self-taught, CIFIKA seems to possess a rare natural artistic talent. Avant-garde experimental producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Anomie Belle and electronic R&B group duo Common Souls opened the show for CIFIKA. There was something very magical in the air as CIFIKA prepared to take center stage at Friday night's concert.
The moment she came onstage you could tell there was something hypnotic about CIFIKA. CIFIKA began her otherworldly next level set enveloped in a circle of downwards facing light beams giving the stage a spaceship, sci-fi type of feel and a background of matching custom tailored psychedelic visuals. Echoing flavors of FKA Twigs, Grimes and Bjork, CIFIKA delivered a highly creative and forward-thinking live electronic performance. CIFIKA's emotive and sultry voice, raw lyrics, and genre-defying beats hypnotized her audience.
CIFIKA's sound combined elements of urban pop, experimental electronica, electro-pop, R&B, and k-pop resulting in a groundbreaking ethereal sound that enraptured her audience. Singing in both English and Korean, there was something very universal about CIFIKA's sound, which definitely has the potential to crossover to the masses at large. In addition to writing all of her own lyrics, CIFIKA also produces, mixes, and masters all of her own tracks. CIFIKA's performance was highly entertaining, proving her value as a breakout female solo artist.
CIFIKA is onto something fresh and original that could possibly even be in the next wave of futuristic pop music. It will be exciting to see what develops for CIFIKA over the coming months and years.
CIFIKA US Tour presented by Kohal - Tickets available at cifika.kohai.info