[EVENT RECAP] Austin Psych Fest: Part 3
Sorry for the delay, but the experience must be relived! I'll keep this one a little bit shorter than my last novel, and combine a recap of both Saturday and Sunday. The weather that weekend was impeccably beautiful, brilliant. Last year, the skies opened up and poured for what felt like hours. This, too, was beautiful. But nothing quite compares to a day in the Texas sun at the beginning of summer. I was moved by the sunbeams gleaming through the empty spaces between each branch and leaf. The rays danced, creating silhouettes of long limbs through every bohemian gypsy skirt.
Saturday's adventure began with Omara “Bombino” Moctar, a revolutionary musician of a group of nomadic Tuaregs hailing from Agadez, Niger. His music moves and speaks volumes. You can feel the rebellion against the suppression he experienced. His freedom is represented in his music. He's made rock his own. I want to keep this short, so I'll just say that since this self-taught guitar player gained recognition by film maker Hishim Mayet, he has gained global recognition. Musicians as big as Dan Auerbach were magnetically drawn to him, which lead to his first US tour in May 2013. I felt truly blessed to have been able to see him perform at APF. He and his band, fully dressed in traditional garbs, rocked the early Psych Fest crowd and had everyone moving.
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT
A local Austin experimental indie-electronica band with an incredible stage presence and the most adorably 1950s housewife-esque beauty playing the theremin, Yvonne Lambert. This set was one of the most upbeat I have ever experienced, not one single person was standing still. They definitely still have that rock element to their sound, but unique all on their own. They feature anything from synth, to noise, incredible drums, and guitar riffs.
This is, by far, one of my favorite performances of APF, although I have had others tell me otherwise. But to each their own, right? Their overall effect is equivalent to that of Black Sabbath or Pink Floyd-pioneers of psychedelic rock. Jason Simon's voice seems to croon as I swoon over every single dreamy guitar riff.
This garage rocker most definitely rocked the stage. For my first time seeing him play solo, outside of being the bassist for Ty Segall, I was thoroughly impressed. Although his music is not what would be considered "psych rock" I believe he fit right in. Not my favorite performance, but his tunes were catchy and he was definitely a crowd pleaser.
UNKOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
Another one of my favorite performances, loved their stage presence. Singer, Ruban Nielson's voice just really cuts to the core of me. It's so unique, not to mention he is an absolutely incredible guitar player. I got to hear two of my favorite songs "Ffunny Ffriends" and "How Can U Luv Me".
Trance-like, I was mesmerized. One of the only performances that I stayed from beginning to end. As soon as Bret Constantino opened his lips and his words escaped…I was hooked. And he can play the harmonica like nobody's business. This San Francisco group has risen to the top of my list after this incredible performance. They played at the Elevation Amphitheater with the visuals shining on the trees just across the Colorado river. On stage, you can see and feel the chemistry between the band members as they all flow and seem to know each other's next move before it even occurs. Containing all the elements of 60's rock with touches of more modern Americana, such as the harmonica. They have mastered their sound. Call it stoner rock. I call it perfection.