Friday, March 4, 2016

Recording: Prince Innocence

Artist: Prince Innocence

Song: Cold

Recorded at The Garrison (Wavelength Music Festival 16 – Night 3), February 14, 2016.

Prince Innocence - Cold

Wavelength's sixteenth anniversary festival was a little less adventurous than last year's sesquidecade spectacular. For the first time in recent memory, the festival settled into one home base for three nights (along with one daytime excursion off-site) and the programming eschewed retrospective turns for a future-focused weekend, daring audiences to invest in the musical here-and-now. The Sunday-night pre-holiday show is usually the most Wavelength-y of nights, but this time out it felt a bit like the hangover from the preceding Saturday night party. A little less energy and it felt as if the festival eased to a gentle halt rather than finishing with a flash — but there were still some musical gems on the way there. On the whole, another successful festival, and kudos are due to the Wavelength crew for their savvy curation and the efforts made at building a more gender-balanced, diverse festival.

Dropping in on this duo for the first time in a couple years, I was struck by a huge step up in the live presentation, which took a little longer to find its feet than the pair's assured dark-hued synthpop confections. Bathed in abstract projections, Talvi Faustmann seemed a lot more at home on stage, able to confidently mix the music's cold-steel attitude with some warmer banter. Declaring themselves as the antidote to Valentine's Day marshmallow-soft sentimentality, with a glint in her eye she commented, "I'm going to make you feel things tonight. Bad things... repressed things. I'm going to make you cry."

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