Iceland Airwaves Day 4 (11/8): The Knife, Low Roar, Retro Stefson (review)

The string section really aided in setting the tone for the delicate performance.
The string section really aided in setting the tone for the delicate performance.

Low Roar delivered an entrancing performance on the fourth night of Airwaves. Captivating the Gamla Bió crowd, Ryan Karazija, along with a producer and string quartet played their way through songs off the new release, 0. Through minimal production, Low Roar was able to generate a captivating and uplifting set.

Harpa was filled for one of the last performances of the Swedish dance duo
Harpa was filled for one of the last performances of the Swedish dance duo

In one of their final shows, the Swedish dance group, The Knife electrified Airwaves. The entire set had an uplifting, fast-paced pulse that oozed excitement and vindication. The Knife raved their way through their final material, Shaking the Habitual, an account of gender and ethnicity only to reach a boiling point at which, the groups energy spilled over into the crowd and the 11-piece crew transcended the typical dance party atmosphere towards something of a shared experience. Bringing in elements of all types of percussion including STOMP-esque piping, the group slashed away with traditional electronic boundaries to create a progressive, empowered environment.

Retro Stefson reminisced about playing AIrwaves when they were sixteen.
Retro Stefson reminisced about playing AIrwaves when they were sixteen.

Retro Stefson reached back into their past Airwaves performances to bring out the best of the Gamla Bió crowd through their patented upbeat, fast-paced rhythm structures and chanting choruses. Obeying commands from lead singer Unnsteinn Stefansson, the crowd jumped back and forth in time to their unique take on dance music. Blending traditional song structure, the group injected a hypersensitive bass lines with minimal guitar, mainly structured around Stefansson’s vocals, a great set to end the fourth night of Airwaves.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s