Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Recording: Jessy Lanza

Artist: Jessy Lanza

Song: Never Enough

Recorded at The Garrison (Camp Wavelength – Night 1), August 18, 2017.

Jessy Lanza - Never Enough

Since 2009, the summer Wavelength festival has been a highlight of the season, slowing down the hectic "festival experience" to an Island pace and making the whole thing as much about the vibe and the location as the (always well-curated) music. When this spring's floods shut the Island down, there was a ripple of apprehension from many quarters at the loss of favourite summer hangs, culminating in the festival decamping to the mainland. The WL crew did an excellent job in emulating the festival experience in the outdoor/daytime portion, but it was harder to feel the same sense of relaxation and freedom in a bar.

Indeed, heading into The Garrison, there was a vibe more like February's anniversary festival than August's Island excursion, a feeling that lingered through a night of groove-friendly programming. The sudden crowding in front of the stage as this set began reinforced the in-a-bar-to-see-a-headliner aspect of things, but the sheer joy of Jessy Lanza's electropop pastiche made it feel more like a cozy dance party. Often twiddling knobs behind an impressive table of gear, Lanza would also make some forays to the front of the stage to dance, while behind her projection art incorporated images veering from hardscrabble Hamilton scenes to abstract night-blurs.

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