Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Recording: Witch Prophet

Artist: Witch Prophet

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Sherbourne Common (Camp Wavelength – Day 1), August 19, 2017.

Witch Prophet - unknown

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.

There's been a number of WL events that have taken place at spots that've been overtaken by the city's voracious development, so it was a pleasant change to be in a new space — one's that's still not fully integrated into the city and that is going to be around for a while. With a wall of almost-completed condos along the park's east side, Sherbourne Common isn't going to be hosting too many festivals in summers to come, so hopefully some of Camp Wavelength's energy will remain imprinted on the space. Meanwhile, with the water glistening in the background and a sense of isolation from the city proper, this did a really superb job of capturing the feel of a show on the Islands. (Plus there was the bonus of the awesome slapback echo bouncing back from the new buildings surrounding the park.)

Mixing some new flavours together with older tracks, Ayo Leilani cut through some crunchy ghosts in the PA to present some mystic science. Like a time traveller from another dimension, this alternate history version of Above Top Secret saw her joined by partner SunSun through vocal loops and Afrofuturistic beats.

[Lots of activity coming up for Witch Prophet, including the opening party at Less Bar on Thursday, September 21st, the day-long Venus Fest at Daniels Spectrum on Saturday, September 30th, and "Cosmic Melanin: Enter The Loop", 88 Days Of Fortune's Nuit Blanche showcase on Saturday, September 30th.]

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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