This week saw a truly unique Sound Session take place in New York City to launch our P3 headphones: Norah Jones’ new album Little Broken Hearts played in its entirety to the accompaniment of a meticulously performed puppet show.
The venue was fittingly special: the Lower East Side’s The Box, an intimate vaudeville-style theatre decked in all manner of exquisite Victoriana: velvet curtains, antique furniture and a winding Persian staircase.
Candlelit and evocative, The Box made the perfect setting for the public debut of Jones’ surprising new record. Produced by Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton of Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells and possessing the edge associated with his previous work, Little Broken Hearts is a concept album of sorts: its twelve songs trace the steps of a relationship breakup and its aftermath. At times there’s flirtation with a bleakness one might not expect given Jones’ past work, but ultimately the record’s protagonist emerges into something resembling enlightenment, moving on stronger for her struggles.
The album was played track by track to 200 VIP attendees – including Norah Jones herself – through a pair of Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond speakers, while marionettes on stage delivered a meticulously rehearsed visual portrayal of each song, finally venturing into the audience for the climactic cut ‘All A Dream’. It was a memorable end to a memorable evening.
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