Artist: Scott Hardware
Songs: Mounir Chami keyboard fragment + Indictment
Recorded at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Camp Wavelength), August 20, 2016.
Following and expanding on the template of last year's successful festival, Wavelength returned to the island with a meticulously-executed event that included an exciting range of music and a beach full of art beside festival headliner Lake Ontario. It also managed to be a stress-reducing rather than a stress-inducing time — rather like a weekend at the cottage, even if the city was just out of view. After the rock'n'roll headliner, there was the equivalent of a whole 'nother show in a quartet of late night sets for festival campers or anyone willing to stay late for the specially-chartered late-night ferry. (Once again, that service went off without a hitch, which by now has mostly obviated my grim memories of some of the awkward early attempts that had been made at such an offering.)
Since I last caught Scott Harwood playing, he has both dropped the tasty Mutate Repeat Infinity tape and stripped the live show back to just a duo with Whimm's Mounir Chami on keybs. There were plenty of high-energy moments in the set — so much so that Harwood's dance moves sent one of his keyboards tumbling to the stage. While everything there was reconnected, Chami provided this extremely tasty impromptu instrumental improvisation, which sounds like a nice partner for "Indictment"'s ballad vibes.