Sweaty fringe times continued on saturday night, but what better way to handle the heat than with super smooth beats, fruity cocktails and a free lei. Young Muscle & fourwords bring you Pacificana!
Words by Lewis Brideson
Currently making waves on their first headline tour, local electronic three-piece Flamingo stopped home for a brief stint to deliver something a little tropical at the opening of Pacificana. Thanks to Young Muscle and Fourwords, Arcade Lane was a ‘feverous commotion of lush, equatorial hedonism’. It was fully equipped with tropical beverages and nibbles, projected film from visual artist Ella James, and of course a complementary lei always goes a long way. The luxuriant laneway provided the perfect escape on another sweltering hot Fringe night.
Local acts Oscilla (Mike Wills) and Allume (Elena Nees) began the party, joined on stage by Souda (Miles Smith) to form a luscious electronic three-piece. While all coming from their own projects, the three producers pulled together a consistent set of songs. With swelling synths and soothing melodies they serenaded an initially reluctant crowd. Having just joined Young Muscle, we should anticipate hearing more of Oscilla, and hopefully with Allume. The two are at their best when they team up to create dreamy chill-step that simply washes over you.
Next up was 17-year-old Brisbane producer Joy (Olivia McCarthy), who has come to light recently after featuring on Peking Duk’s Like a Version, winning the Triple J Unearthed comp to play at Brisbane’s Laneway Festival and dropping her three-track single Stone. Joy’s bass-heavy electronic pop is sprinkled with delicate piano and textured kicks and clicks. However, most impressive was her silky voice that delivered raw emotion to the growing audience. Despite not having her usual counterparts on stage, including an incredibly smooth saxophonist, Joy held her own, delivering originals and covers with grace. It is quite clear there is still a lot more Joy to come in 2015.
Last, but not least, were the Flamingo boys, who took to the stage with an array of beach balls for the punters to enjoy. They pumped out a healthy dose of old and new material, and invited Madeline Hunt on stage to add harmonies to their summery single Drip Away. Flamingo were very comfortable in front of the home crowd, and kept their tight mesh of sounds and samples together despite their laptop becoming intoxicated and collapsing in the heat. With enough floor tom and steamy guitar plucks atop their bed of synths and pads, the paradise party came to life again. In fact, it was only after announcing they had a couple of songs left did temperature levels really rise, as they delivered their best performances of the night. A particular stand out was their slowed down cover of The Drums’ Money, in which they got the whole crowd singing and grooving.
The tropical laneway paradise that is Pacificana will be back each Saturday night throughout the Fringe - so be sure to check out the eclectic mix of artists in store, including Roland Tings, Skies and Horror My Friend. You can join the event here.
Photos by Shannon Gunn