Zoo Twilights: A Pair of Recommendations
As Summer draws nearer and people’s thirst for music, drink and cheer are fuelled by the sun’s bountiful heat. This desire is invariably satiated by the horde of annual music events which congregate in the warmer months of the Australian calendar. Of these events, the Zoo Twilights is one of the most anticipated. With the call of ‘music against wildlife extinction’ and the promise of some of the nations most sought-after artists playing in the novelty of many people’s ‘happy place’ the Zoo Twilights attracts a lot of fan fare - many of the shows have already sold out.
Stretching from our national day on the 26th to the 10th of March the troupe for the 2018 Zoo Twilights series will feature no less than Blues award winners and a band I can only imagine makes everyones Mothers weak at the knees, ‘The Teskey Brothers’, Cut Copy, ‘Sunnyboys’, crowd favourites and zoo appropriate, ‘The Cat Empire, ‘The Preatures’, Ben Folds, Neil & Liam Finn, Hiatus Kaiyote & Harvey Sutherland, ‘Jet’, ‘Grizzly Bear’, Kate Miller-Hiedke with String Quartet and, of course, ‘RocKwiz Live’. With an ensemble cast akin to Justice League there’s a surplus of enticing shows to consider, here are but a pair of our favourites.
Hiatus Kaiyote & Harvery Sutherland
Hiatus Kaiyote conjure a strange brand of fanfare, the phrase ‘artists favourite artist’ springs to mind. The future-soul outfit have been around the block more than a couple times with their first studio release in 2013 and their last release coming to us in 2015, but here and now in 2017, their stock seemingly has never been higher. Attracting a burgeoning appreciation from some of the industries most recognisable names in Drake and Meticallica’s James Hatfield both waxing lyrical on the neo-soul, jazz inclined sounds of Hiatus Kaiyote, which by their own admission are difficult to sonically place. Ironically, both Drake and Metallica come from the mainstream of their respective disciplines, where Hiatus Kaiyote by definition of their ‘difficult to categorise’ music find themselves entrenched in ‘underground’ adoration, highlighted best by their headline performance at one of the largest ‘underground’ festivals on the globe, ‘Dimensions’ in 2016. Famed for powerful live performances, the smooth sounds from Hiatus Kaiyote will sound perhaps just a little sweeter in the Summer air at the zoo next year.
No one does it quite like Harvey Sutherland. An unequivocal Figaro favourite we’re running thin of things to say about him. In short, his music is somewhere between remarkably pleasant, suited to a relaxed Sunday afternoon lounging around home tapping feet nonchalantly and equally to a rambunctious, outer space, cosmic, disco-ball dreamy dance party. The addition of the live Bermuda trio just adds further layers of enjoyment, which as frankly a bit of a marble mouthed nob I dare not try to articulate, it really is something you need to see for yourself, just know that there are fewer artists which come with such a high recommendation, even if we can’t quite put it into words.
Cut Copy are firmly established as a defining electronic act in Australian music. Since their first work in 2001 the collective have carved a path in indie-electronica for fledgling synth-pop acts to follow and occupy a difficult space, a meeting place between audiences where they garner triple j airplay and still amass fond appreciation from less mainstream audiences - an achievement in itself. A broad discography with an impressive smattering of hits, ‘Hearts on Fire’, ‘Take Me Over’ and ‘Lights and Music’ have been the soundtracks to many a Summer road trip down the Great Ocean Road and Cut Copy will bring with them to Zoo Twlights a new release, ‘Haiku from Zero’ (which has the most confusing, engaging website you'll see). The new record brings in tow with it diversely layered tracks which form strong evidence for a case that Cut Copy are now an immensely matured electronic group and with their 5th studio release have not been found wanting of ways to stay fresh and adventurous.