the first gig i caught at this year’s mosaic music festival in singapore was of montreal on monday. as some of you know, i’ve been a longtime fan of the elephant 6 bands, although i must admit i’m less familiar with of montreal, apart from their fantastic 2007 album hissing fauna. that’s probably why, with the exception of “id engager” and what must have been the most telling cover of bowie’s “ziggy stardust”, most of my favorite moments from the gig were songs from that album, especially the set closer “a sentence of sorts in kongsvinger”. the concert itself was complete with costumes and bizarre characters from dreams you’d never admit to having, playing out like a pantomime as the music kept rolling. as part of the audience, i vacillated between appreciating the songs, admiring the spectacle, and simply enjoying myself. with “a sentence of sorts”, everything came together, especially with the well-timed burst of confetti that bestowed on me the solar fever the band was spreading. what a night indeed.
thanks mykel for the smokin’ photo!