by Tiana Feng
Last night Wavelength kicked off its 4 day music festival celebrating its fourteenth birthday.
The night began with the electro-pop duo You’ll Never Get to Heaven who played a modest no gimmick set of dreamy tunes.
Alden Penner (aka Alden Ginger of the maybe re-uniting Unicorns) played a set of his own material backed by a drummer and a violinist while he wielded the guitar. He made no mention of the Unicorns’ latest rumours and instead focused on performing cuts from his latest album Exegesis.
I’ve seen Bryan Sutherland before as Saturns and OPOPO but this was my first exposure to his latest venture Zoo Owl and it might be my favourite one of his projects live. As a one man show he confidently pranced about the stage with hilarious props such as LED goggles, lasers pointed at the audience and a glowing grill that he shined to beats of his music. It was hilariously entertaining and the music itself was exuberant.
Montreal’s TOPS made one of my favourite albums of 2012, but I wasn’t that impressed with Jane Perry’s vocals on stage. I thought they were too airy and not forward enough in the mix, which could be the fault of the Silver Dollar’s sound. I much prefer them on record.
Headlining the night was Phedre complete with a drummer, dancer and DJ. They were all decked out in white ready to absorb General Chaos’ projections as they performed their party-esque songs to close off the night of Wavelength’s 14th birthday.