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Wavelength 14 Toronto Music Festival Day 2 Review

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Wavelength 14 Toronto Music Festival Day 2 Review

Wavelength Toronto Music Festival Day 2 Review — Matrox, Most People, Weaves, Odonis Odonis & DIANA

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Day two of the festival began with a rocky start, with headliner Marnie Stern being forced to cancel after the massive storm system shaking the USA lead to her flight (along with countless others) to cancel. Following that, technical difficulties delayed Matrox’s set, but once they got sorted out, the rest of lineup performing the intimate venue without a hitch.

Variety was the name of the game, from the electronic Matrox robots to DIANA’s soulful and jazzy performance. The set list perfectly captured the overall vibe of Toronto’s indie music scene with the new groups looking to defy genre stereotypes and create something that is uniquely their own.

 

Matrox

After initial technical difficulties, Matrox pulled a quick recovery with their otherworldly electric sound. Dressed to the nines in full robo-gear, the audience bopped along to the group’s mechanic movements.

While most of the set was pre-recorded sound, synthesized vocals and live saxophone (somehow played through a long robo mouth tube) provided a great additional layer to the performance and the crowd was left ready for more.

 

Most People

Familiar to the Toronto scene and Wavelength in particular, Most People is part of the festival’s Incubator series and have worked with the festival’s crew to help them get their first album produced.

The Incubation period seems to have paid off, as along with more instruments than a symphony, Most People brought an undeniable energy to their psychedelic-pop tunes, taking the audience for a fun-filled ride.

 

Weaves

With their music video for “Motorcycle” featuring an animated biker frog’s love affair with the aforementioned vehicle, and a toxic-pop sound to back it up perfectly, I was ready to expect the unexpected with Weaves. Keeping with the varied theme, the group also star in a show (about a band, of course), and their performing abilities transferred seamlessly on stage.

Their set list covered a whole set of sounds, with hints of R&B, rock and pop smoothed together.

 

Odonis Odonis

From their debut album, Hollandaze, Odonis Odonis have a varied sound, from pop-y surf rock to dark shoegaze punk. The group has made a point of making music their own way and not conforming to a certain genre, and their efforts left the audience on the edge of their seats (if anyone was sitting, that is).

Regardless of the track they pumped out, the band carried an undeniable energy, which was easily transferred across the music hall. Despite energy and variety, many of the underlying beats and loops remained consistent throughout the set and the vocals were often lost behind the heavy instrumentals.

 

DIANA

DIANA slowed things down and ended the night with a uniquely spirited and soulful performance. Carmen Elle’s flowing voice and expressive presence sent the audience into a trance filled haze. Although the deep bass and saxophone occasionally overpowered her, the contrast still created a pleasantly unique sound. The audience drifted back and forth between floating with Carmen’s voice and being grounded by deeper bass and saxophone waves.

From a distance, the overall performance carried a romantic vibe, but a closer listen brought forward lyrics of deeper inner romantic struggle. Together, this created a hypnotic effect, which the audience enjoyed to the fullest degree.

Tonight there will be performances by: Colin Stetson, US Girls, Biblical, Petra Glynt, Gambletron at Polish Combatants Hall, 206 Beverley St.

Review and Photos: Judi Zienchuck

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