Elohim lights up Fonda Theatre with positivity and energy

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On the day her long-awaited self-titled debut album dropped, Elohim headlined a hometown gig at Fonda Theatre.

It’s been a whirlwind few years since she exploded on the scene — she played the DoLaB at Coachella last year before playing a Sahara Tent set at this year’s festival. She’s played festivals all across the country, opened for Alison Wonderland, headlined her own sold-out gigs, and continually dropped banger after banger.

The Fonda Theatre show felt like an important point to mark on her fast-rising ascent. She had amazing production to match her high-energy show. The hard-to-describe electronic musician blends dance music with forward-thinking pop sensibilities. Her album Elohim jumps around a variety of different sounds yet is still a cohesive singular piece of art. She’s also cultivated a fervent following, something you’d know if you follow the singer on social media. She regularly shares messages she receives from fans, who come across as ride-or-die superfans with big hearts.

I’ve seen her perform a handful of times, and though her album just dropped, I wasn’t the only one who knew the words to these songs that had only been heard during her live shows. “I Want You” has been a staple of her set for a while, the aggressive and lively future bass banger with a bit of a GRiZ feel to it. “Put your hands on it, hands on it / Lay it back, let me show you how to do it / I’ma put it to you like, put it to you like / damn, damn” she sings in the bridge, the crowd’s hands in the air enthusiastically.

Old favorites like “XANAX” and “Hallucinating” got a fanatical response, but the biggest pop might have been for her latest single “Half Love”, the dark synthy jam. Overall, it was quite a homecoming for the singer, who will soon be joining The Glitch Mob on tour. Elohim features on a new Glitch Mob track “I Could Be Anything”. You can also catch her at BonnarooElectric Forest, HARD Summer, and Life is Beautiful this year.

Give Elohim’s debut album a spin at the bottom of this post — it’s a whirlwind of emotions.

Photos by Tim Aarons