Author : Mary Tsoules
TurnStyle continues to bring us the best new underground acts for their third show of the Back to School Special series. The kickoff party was pretty dope. If you missed it, catch up with my review here.
Friday night (9/20/13) was one of those perfect nights to go out. You know, absolutely clear, just the right temperature, etc. It seemed like everyone was totally feeling a break after the long week and the streets of the Lower East Side were packed. So the crowds didn’t surprise me when I walked into Pianos.
I made it just in time for the start of Indie electronic duo KNTRLR. The pair performed an eclectic range of tunes for us. The majority of the tracks held true to their Indie/Alt rock style, which is always pretty rad to see live, especially with the musical talent of these guys. However, they added an electronic element to the performance as well. Mixing beats along with a live band makes things all the more interesting to the ear. In the background played a sort of promo video that seemed to be made especially for this occasion, which was cool.
The headliner for the evening was next: Clementine and the Galaxy. Another eclectic duo making savory sweet tunes. This pair’s focus is on electro-pop and they sure do it well. Before even seeing them live, they had me replaying their entire debut EP, Clementine and the Galaxy over and over again.
The pair file themselves under what they call “art pop”, a genre totally new to me. Apparently the likes of Kate Bush and Björk are classified under the same genre (no it’s not just the title of Lady Gaga’s new album…). Art Pop is defined as “a genre that blends the melodies of Pop music with unconventional or experimental elements.”
Julie Hardy (Clementine) and Mike MacAllister (the Galaxy) are the two masterminds behind this contagious Pop music. The two met while doing a commercial project in which Hardy was hired to sing and MacAllister was the recording engineer. These two are the kind of collaboration that take music very seriously. They both have unique talents to offer in the music world and their endless accomplishments listed in their bio show it. Impressive as they may be, they are both extremely down to earth, and humble, as can be seen in their TurnStyle interview that was conducted just before the show.
Electro-pop (or Art Pop) can sometimes be a hard genre to pull off live (in my opinion). When every sound isn’t organically created, (i.e. the use of synthesizers, loopers, and samplers) it can be hard to keep the audience focused. But with compelling dance music and honest talent like Hardy and MacAllister, you’ve got one hell of an entertaining show. Clementine dressed the part, in a futuristic get-up and black mask. They played all the songs on their EP, which was fun to hear live after just hearing the recorded versions. But the best part was when they broke out some of their new songs. One of my favorites was “Lazer Gunz”; definitely going to be a winner in my book. Their energy was so great for the entire show, at one point asking, “Are you guys gonna dance?!”, and we certainly did. How can you not?
So far, TurnStyle’s insider genius proves to be accurate. So stop missing out on all these fabulous up-and-comers in the industry! The final show in TurnStyle’s Back to School Special series is happening tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at Tammany Hall, and is a part of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon. Buy tickets here! This means there’s no excuse to not tweet about the wonderful Body Language first. The show also features notable support from TECLA and Psychobuildings.
XOXO Frizzy Blonde