Foxygen – On Lankershim/Upon A Hill/Trauma
The performance and staging looks aesthetically pleasing, the lighting works with the music, moving faster and slower dependant on the pace of the song. Besides light and stage presence and lighting, not much is going on throughout the performance but interestingly Sam France picks up and plays an accosting guitar that isn’t mic’d up so it is inaudible to the audience so this may be done for an aesthetic but could also be used to help Sam France go through the song. Vocally the singer does not really attempt to sing as much as shout occasionally which works at times but at other times doesn’t and maybe the shouting could have been used sparingly to add emphasis on the parts he did shout
The genre isn’t too current, it has some current elements but it’s got an old theatrical vibe to it. However, lyrically it is current with songs like trauma being written for what was going on in america and how crazy things felt when trump was running for president.
This genre is relevant to me because I really enjoy the dramatic melodies and the instrumentation used gives me a feeling of a disney film.
Donovan – Cosmic Wheels/Maria Magenta
The performance was simplistic, Donovan is sat on a rug with two guitars and funky trousers. The audience is circled around him. It seems very intimate. It’s a great way to make the audience feel involved. I struggle to find faults in this performance, I think it does exactly what it sets out to do. Having some interesting art/wall hangings going on in the background.
If you are not into folk music or prefer to have a crazy performance then I think someone might struggle to enjoy this. It doesn’t really reach the largest of audiences unless you can appreciate it for what it is.
This is not a current genre, it only relates to a few years back when Ed Sheeran brought back the singer/songwriter genre back to chart music. However, that seems to have dwindled again.
I think this style of music always has the potential to bring in new audiences as it’s a classic. Guitar and vocals.
The Ace Of Cups – Simplicity
Again a simple live performance and though the coloured effects are added in after and not in the live performance, it’s a similar sort of lighting/colour pallet I’d love to use for my live performance. To me, possibly one of the coolest live performances from one of the coolest bands. It could have done with more done pre edit lighting and colour wise, would have felt a lot more real.
This kind of music is beautiful and though it is outdated, this band were one of the first all female rock bands and I think that’d be something a lot of people would be interested in. Though of course it’s a lot more common now for all female bands, they approach the music a lot differently now.
All of these performances include things I’m thinking about for my performance, mainly in aesthetics but the Donovan performance does make me want to simplify it for a ‘less is more’ sort of angle. Obviously not just me playing guitar and singing and thats it. But to have a more intimate performance, bright lights and colours moving around the whole room and potentially an oil projector of some kind, so it’s like a very chilled intimate acid session that everyone is involved in.