Let’s be honest, the Mount Kimbie show at The Luminary Center for the Arts was outside my usual realm of music listening. But the great thing about running this website is getting to check out bands and musicians that I wouldn’t have tried out otherwise. So prepare for this recap run through newbie-filtered lens.
Fresh off his EP release show the night before, Jay Fay opened the evening with a dancehall/electro blurring set. I absolutely know nothing about how this type of music is created live. Music magically comes out with a few knob turns and the occasional click on the laptop. My ignorance aside, the young man seems to be doing something right, earning the opportunity to open for Mount Kimbie that night and Steve Aoki in a few weeks, all while still being in high school. His EP Sassofono is available on Bandcamp.
Photography notes: With Jay Fay fairly static behind his computer and control board, it became more about trying to manipulate perspectives to get something a little more interesting. Dim, but steady light, easily doable with F1.4/1.8.
Soundclash (composed of DJ Needles, 18andCounting and Black Spade) immediately followed with the three gentlemen launching into a sonic barrage that kept the floor moving. Maybe it was the lively camaraderie between the trio and the crowd or the incorporation of more hip hop elements, but I definitely gravitated towards their offering a bit more. Although I was hoping Soundclash incorporated more live rapping (just because I’ve yet to see Black Spade perform), their set was a fun one. I’m still baffled what Black Spade was doing with that stack of 3 ½ floppy disks.
Photography notes: Despite all of the equipment on stage, there were ample shooting angles to work with. 18andCounting (far right) was probably the toughest member to shoot, receiving the brunt of the colored light. Still very doable with F1.4/1.8.
The 48 hours leading up to Mount Kimbie’s appearance was apparently more dramatic than preferred, with the Luminary staff on the hunt for a critical step transformer for the show and a car crash and two flight delays threatening to derail the UK duo’s trip from Montreal. Thankfully everything worked out fine in the end and Mount Kimbie took the audience through a strange electronic landscape, constructed from various gadgets and instruments at their disposal. Ladies were power dancing, heads were nodding. After hearing them, I’m not sure if Mount Kimbie makes the type of music I personally gravitate towards, but with their Crooks and Lovers release highly respected and the duo closely linked to rising star James Blake, I’m still glad I had the chance to experience their performance.
Photography notes: Dim light for the first song or two before they requested the lights to be cut, so just enough time to sneak in some close up shots. Pretty sparse setup (wood planks for tables, even), but thankfully seem more focused on creating innovative music than being concerned with visual stage presence.
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