Words by Shayna Chabrow
Photography by Liz Garcia
As part of the Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn, the Summer series brought with it two artists whose music need no words to attract large crowds. Todd Terje and The Olsens started the evening off with an outdoor dance party as everyone got on their feet and moved to their slick, electronic beats. Accompanied by drums, bongos, a guitar, and even a flute, the Norwegian DJ had everyone of all ages grooving to his house, disco styled music that fit perfectly with the warm, Summer day. The band’s visuals were projected on a large LCD screen and included moving album art, 80s’ styled car scenes (perfectly accompanying “Delorean Dynamite,” and deep red shapeshifting objects.
Each member of the band had a moment to show off their chops with solos that included a luscious saxophone, riveting drums, and jaunty bongos. A rare, wholesome moment came when Todd Terje took the microphone and added vocals to the already eclectic production of sounds. When “Inspector Noise” sounded off, a heard of people, who had previously been watching from afar, rushed to the stage and threw their hands up with enthusiasm. The DJ’s Michael Jackson T-shirt was telling of the audience’s reaction as they refused to stop dancing during his entire set.
While the sun was still high, Tycho walked out on stage, Scott Hansen leading his band in an all white getup that contrasted the dark screen behind him. Starting off with “Glider,” the opening track off his 2016 ablum Epoch, his signature ambient sound came blaring through the speakers. His visual landscapes of mountaintops, deserts, and swirling oceans sent the crowd into a trance. Tycho’s mixture of sound and color was unique and specific, both bursting together in a finely tuned concoction.
The futuristic sounds of “A Walk” were enchanting, it’s haunting deep bass line at the forefront of the song before it picks up with bright synths. The live fullness of “Montana,” Awake,” and “Hours” surpassed the already excellent studio versions. As Tycho made beautifully crafted transitions between songs from Epoch, Awake (2014), and Dive (2011), visuals from the albums also glided into each other and served as a hypnotizing backdrop. The talent of each member of Scott Hansen’s backing band didn’t go unnoticed. The drummer played challenging beats with ease and the guitarists emphasized each note. The times when Hansen stepped away from his synthesizers were picturesque as he stood in the middle with his guitar as volcanic images surrounded him. As the sun began to set and the sky became dark, Tycho’s music felt warm and rich until the very end.