[LIVE REVIEW] Jagwar Ma @ Villette Sonique
Jagwar Ma (or Shawarma as me and my French friend call them) are definitely one of those bands that no matter what your music taste is, they will make your body move by inertia. This time, I saw them in Villette Sonique, a music festival that takes place in the Parc de la Villette in Paris. It is a huge and beautiful park, so when I got there, the first thing I did was just sit in the grass and wait for the Aussies to play.
Once the first beats of “What Love” started to be heard, everybody got up in some sort of trance and started dancing. Combining club rhythms (a powerful kick) and a kind of of vintage psychedelia of the best taste, the Australian duo spread a contagious energy that couldn’t be resisted. Young people, adults, kids, families, elderly people, everyone was just dancing to their beat. Right after the first song, Gabriel Winterfield (the main vocalist) announced that he was basically struggling with his voice so the audience had to help him no matter what. Personally, I thought that his hoarse voice gave the whole performance a sexier vibe.
After “What Love”, they continued with “Uncertainty’, “Man I need” and “Let Her Go”. “Come Save Me’', which is one of my favorite songs, is the only one that I felt was a little dull. There was a strong energy cumulated from the first part of the concert, and when the came to “Come Save Me” they kind of lost it… It was a shame because otherwise it would’ve been a perfect concert. But despite that low moment, they closed the rather short show with the extended (and much trippier) version of “The Throw”. It was just the perfect ending.
1. What Love
3. Man I Need
5. Let Her Go
6. Come Save Me
8. The Throw