Ten Takeaways from Pitchfork Paris 2015
1. Kevin Parker Appearance!
Kevin Parker, mastermind behind Tame Impala, played with Aussi-band Kirin J. Callinan. The set was not particularly strong, but Kevin Parker was holding it down on his guitar, which was a sight to see.
2. We Need New Material From Rhye.
First off, if you haven’t listened to Rhye’s 2013 album Woman, go do it right now. Mike Milosh has one of the silkiest smooth voices destine for mainstream stardom, if they release more material. Mike worked the mic like a bonafide star, strutting slowly around the stage setting up mood for some romance on the dance floor.
3. Battles: No Frontman No Problem
Battles had the task of opening up for headliner Tom Yorke and did not disappoint. Battles does not have a lead singer fronting the band, but uses recorded vocal tracks for their songs that have vocals. This is no problem because Battles hard-rocking math-rock style brought the energy to the crowd.
4. Father John Misty +Thom Yorke = Elastic
It needs to be stated that Father John Misty and Thom Yorke had great sets. It also needs to be stated that they are some of the most physically flexible artists at the festival with their infectious dance moves. If we all danced a little like Father John Misty and Thom Yorke life would be more fun. –Google them dancing if you haven’t seen it before.
5. No Trick or Treat on Halloween
For those accustomed to American Halloween, you would have been disappointed to see the lack of holiday spirit in the crowd and with the bands on Day 3 of the festival. Minus some token Americans dressing up and Unknown Mortal Orchestra wearing a mask for a couple of songs, there was little spook to the festival.
6. Ratatat Wins
Ratatat makes bangers with just a bass, guitar, and drum machine. Their music paired with their trippy, glittery, and ridiculous visuals brought their live show to another level compared to the other acts at the festival.
7. Meow The Jewels
Sadly, Run the Jewels disappointed the crowd in not to playing any of Meow The Jewels in Run The Jewels’ set on Day 3. It was unfortunate because it would have been a nice trick to play on Halloween. Besides the disappointment, Run The Jewels brought the high energy needed to power the crowd through the rest of their night.
8. Hudson Mohawke Livens Things Up
Hudson Mohawke played with a live band on Day 3 of the festival, which brought his act to a whole new level with compared to the standard/boring DJ set. He added another great spark to Day 3 with his energetic performance of his array of hits, such as “Chimes” and “Ryderz
9. NAO Brought the Funk to France
One of the complaints for Day 1 and 2 of the festival were the lack of high-energy acts. At times the atmospheric indie rock was getting stale for the crowd. NAO is a new emerging artist who finally picked up the pace with her FKA Twigs dancing and her soulful singing. Her backing band was incredibly tight allowing them to get the house grooving.
10. Pitchfork Paris International Party Vibes
Despite the music festival taking place in Paris, music fans from all across Europe and the United States attended the festival. It was a nice mélange of cultures all united for their love of music and vibes.