Event reviewed by our new scribe, Seth Nichols.
I have heard so many good things about the Communikey group of Boulder, and I was excited to have my first Boulder music experience be provided by them. Tim Hecker of Montreal was in town to do a show at the Odd Fellows Lodge. The lodge is a very unique venue with a large high-ceiling room and large stain glass windows.
I entered the dark room while Married In Berdichev was filling the room with her swirling vocals and progressive loops and samples. Her set was a very cool and peaceful sound that brought the whole room into a vibey space. A perfect setting to what was to come. This event was very different from other events I had been to in the past, no one was standing. There were chairs around the perimeter of the room where patrons sat, but the carpeted floor in the middle was full of people either sitting, laying, or meditating. The lights were very dim and grew progressively dimmer as the night went on. There were no moving lights or strobes or anything ‘flash’ about the production. A stripped down spiritual setting with top notch sound being the main focus…just as it should be.
The following set by Boulder native Radere was on point. Lots of live sample cuts from his guitar licks with an ever increasing energy in his intense, yes intense, ambient sound. I just closed my eyes and visualized the streaming soundscapes and could begin to see the form of his sound in my own minds interpretation. The atmosphere and setting was quite conducive to getting completely lost in the music. Barely even a chatter was heard from other attendeses, and the room was packed!
Next up was the main attraction Tim Hecker. He took a seat at the desk and prepared to melt our musical minds with his genius. His set did just that! The whole night progressed perfectly as each set brought the energy a little bit higher without blowing the roof. Hecker’s sound was the most bass heavy of the three sets which really intensified the whole vibe of the room and gave it a buzz. The music is comprised of surging tones and swelling sounds, not really melodies or any noted lines. A very hypnotic and powerful sound once you can find the patience to settle into it.
All in all it was an amazing night of music and I will be looking forward to more events like it. A great change of pace from the typical club event, all part of the spice of life.