On Tuesday night all sorts of electronic music goodness was oozing out of the Replay. To some people, all electronic music sounds the same. But make no mistake, these were three very different acts.
Palmetto Moon Electronic Group
Palmetto Moon Electronic Group is one man with a big beard and a tiny machine. He took the stage, sat upright in a chair and feverishly started turning knobs, not so much emitting beats but rather a series of glitches and bleeps. It was enough to intrigue the audience and lure in the patio crowd.
To the average listener, it sounded like the sound effects from Transformers 3. But if you were paying attention, you caught the occasional lush ambient melody. Only then, during those melodic moments, would the performer move, tilting his beard ever so slightly in one direction, and then the other.
I heard one audience member comment that he improvised accompaniment to these bleeps and bloops inside his head. That’s really the point of this music. To those who are unfamiliar with it, it’s just random computer noises. But it’s the music you DON’T hear that gives you an experience. If you looked close enough, you could see the performer tapping his foot to the beat inside his own head.
While Palmetto Moon Electronic Group hailed from Kentucky, Radio People (also just a single performer) came to us from Cleveland tonight. Both performers are acquaintances and have been touring together.
When Palmetto Moon Electronic Group finished his set, Radio People took us on a glorious space journey. There was really no better surprise tonight than Radio People. He projected flickering psychedelic images onto a screen behind him, and folks started swaying to the easy-going tunes.
While the first act was a series of loud glitches, Radio People was much more melodic. The entire set felt like a journey or a story. It had a beginning, middle and end. It started slow and smooth, like an awakening. Slowly, his vocals were added to the rich synth sounds. Then we were truly awakened with some dramatic beats and soaring melodies. When the luscious music combined with the videos projected in the background, it became clear that Radio People was truly a treat for both the eyes and the ears.
CVLTS is a local two-piece that features a guitar player and a synth wizard. Both members spent much of their time on the floor of the stage, huddled around their pedals.
Their music was loud, but they were quiet and docile performers. They rarely looked up, and the stage was barely lit. Often times, the songs left you in a trance, and various noises and sounds snuck up on you. Before they knew it, the audience was trapped in a whirlwind of mesmerizing noise. Then, without any warning, vocals (lush with reverb) would arrive unannounced.
The thing about experimental electronic music is, as fun as it is to experience live, it’s not something you can really record on video. So here are some awesome tracks they have up on soundcloud that should hold you over until they get back from their European tour.
Crystalline Reflector by C V L T S
THETA DISTRACTIONS (HUERCO S. HIGHER LOVE DUB MIX) by C V L T S
Pain Management by C V L T S