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Owl Eyes @ The Corner Hotel

1/6/13

Mirroring the complexity of her music, Brooke Addamo was paradoxically sensual and childish throughout her performance at the Corner. Better known by her stage name, Owl Eyes, Addamo personified her alias through her enigmatic body language and penetrative gaze; but by the end of her set, Addamo was bouncing around on stage like an exuberant young girl, a contrast  that added layers to her performance. With a poise and confidence well beyond her 22 years, Addamo both inhabited and transcended the ‘pop’ paradigm with her ominous and bright beats. As part of her Nightswim album launch, Addamo showcased her repertoire of indie pop to a giddy crowd. Everybody worshiped her, especially the guys in the audience who literally swooned at every falsetto. Unfortunately not sporting any owl-like accessories that seem to be such a fad right now, Addamo looked amazing in her sophisticated pastel dress, its design reminiscent of abstract expressionist artwork. Her voice was flawless, an archetypal “pop” tone that she often manipulated by striking her synth pad, which resulted in voice distortion and echo. The distortions sounded great, but it was her band that added all the extra magic to her set. Dressed in the same black and white collared shirts, the three guys in charge of instrumentation possessed the fundamental ingredients in Addamo’s repertoire. A keyboard, synthesiser and a complete drum set, including both acoustic drums and a drum machine were exercised as a means of evolving Addamo’s sound beyond conventional pop. When each instrument was manipulated, the result was sinister, bright and psychedelic. A collection of opposing synths, the instrumentation always complemented the mood of Addamo’s lyricism and body language. Her opening intro track was moody and dark. While her face remained impassive, bent over her synth pad, the beats became more and more intense. Lighter songs like ‘Diamonds In Her Eyes’, ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Crystalised’ were sung amongst a background of house beats, funkier and less aggressive. ‘Saltwater’ was a highlight, probably the most unique track off the album with its experimentation in post-dubstep. As the set continued, Addamo became more and more gracious towards her audience, thanking everyone after every song. After inviting her support act to join her on stage for a dance frenzy, Addamo concluded her performance in a state of euphoria, thanking her fans once again before exiting the stage. It was an inspiring performance by both Addamo and her band, setting up a line of demarcation between what pop music was and where it was ultimately going.

About Dina Amin

Just completed a BA, majored in Literary Studies. Planning on commencing a Masters in Publishing and Editing at Monash in 2014. Music and Literature are my two passions. Favourite artists are Led Zeppelin, Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party. Personal favourite album of the year was Alpine's A is for Alpine. Just bought a keyboard with the objective of obtaining mind-blowing psychedelic skills like Ray Manzarek. Looking forward to making Music the most scintillating section in Lots Wife 2013.

Dina Amin

The author Dina Amin

Just completed a BA, majored in Literary Studies. Planning on commencing a Masters in Publishing and Editing at Monash in 2014. Music and Literature are my two passions. Favourite artists are Led Zeppelin, Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party. Personal favourite album of the year was Alpine's A is for Alpine. Just bought a keyboard with the objective of obtaining mind-blowing psychedelic skills like Ray Manzarek. Looking forward to making Music the most scintillating section in Lots Wife 2013.

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