Ghostly International A/V Showcase
Ghostly International took it to another level last week with a showcase not only packed with highlights from their eclectic and entertaining roster, but also kept the crowd stimulated with light shows, to boot. Lights and music are always a good fit, and when your headliner has already made a name for himself as a visual artist, you know things are going to turn out well.
Mux Mool, a rising star from Ghostly who recently released his first full length album, started the show off. His live performance was a significant departure from the vibes on Skulltaste, going all out with hip-hop and heavy bass. He was a clear pro, slamming down beats on what looked to be an M-Audio Trigger Finger hooked up to an Ableton. The beats were heavy and the sound was awesome, but something didn’t quite add up, and the crowd seemed indifferent. Mux Mool was definitely on his game, but the venue didn’t seem appropriate. During his set the music was far too quiet, the lights were too bright, and the smallish crowd didn’t even begin to fill up the enormous room.
The heavy bass and whomp also didn’t match up when the next artists faded away into post-rocking electronic bliss. Solvent changed up the tempo a bit when he started his set with a banging house number that brought people back to the dance floor hoping to dance. The dancing never really happened, however, as Solvent’s beginning beats shifted into light electroclash akin to Fischerspooner or Depeche Mode on vocoder steroids. Solvent finished his set with an epic rendition of his “Think Like Us,” which transitioned into the Alter Ego remix of the same song to close out his performance.
Tycho ended the night with his first ever performance with a full band. Even though they seemed a little nervous and were working out their first show bugs, the performance was well planned and executed, and even had the band wearing matching white t-shirts. The visuals were less impressive than expected for an audio visual showcase, comparing unfavorable even to other light shows at The Mezzanine. The crowd that stayed for Tycho was much different than those who had come for the other bands, and there was a lot of coming and going and general indifference amongst the concert goers. The awkwardness of a first live show became exceptionally apparent when a couple audience members shouted their discontent with the set. The set was, in fact, very entertaining, and it wasn’t clear if the audience members were serious, but it was an awkward moment nonetheless. The music was a complete 180 from Solvent and Mux Mool, and instead focused on floating synth sounds and sprawling soundscapes. The drummer was the force of the act that kept it driving, but the feel in general was very mellow, almost like Sigur Ros with electronic instruments. The attempt at a guest vocal appearance was less than intriguing, and instead revealed the kinks that need to be worked out in the live set. Tycho and company are exceptionally talented artists and with a few more shows under their belt and a better venue selection their performances will be must-sees.
- Taylor Fire
Check out our Ghostly playlist which includes some fantastic tunes from Tycho, Solvent, Mux Mool, The Sight Below and Shigeto.