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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Over the Weekend: Four Tet, Nathan Fake, and Rainbow Arabia at the Independent (Noise Pop)

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Four Tet - JOSEPH SCHELL
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Four Tet, Nathan Fake, Rainbow Arabia (Noise Pop)
Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
The Independent

Better than: Watching someone actually check their email for an hour.

Tickets to Four Tet's Noise Pop performance at The Independent sold out weeks in advance, and it seemed just about everyone around me wanted to go. I arrived partway through Rainbow Arabia's set, and the near-capacity crowd was already bubbling with excitement. Singer Tiffany Preston was prancing around on stage, creating new ways to dance to her and her husband's heavily-percussive tropical dance jams. The crowd ate her moves up like free eye candy from strangers. For the group's energetic finale, Preston writhed around on the stage, repeating a high-pitched squeal ad nauseum, and provided photographers with the best photo op of the night.

Rainbow Arabia - JOSEPH SCHELL
  • Joseph Schell
  • Rainbow Arabia

​Next up was Nathan Fake, and from the initial lackluster applause for the UK producer, it was clear that people either didn't know or didn't care who he was. The crowd was there to see the man who would follow him. However, by the time Fake finished his shape-shifting set of distorted electro, hypnotic techno, hyperactive acid-house, and myriad other dance genres, he had fully won the room's admiration. 

Four Tet - JOSEPH SCHELL
  • Joseph Schell
  • Four Tet

​Four Tet took the stage minutes after Fake finished, and the stage was stained blue with light when the serene atmospheres of opener "Angel Echoes" started to swirl out from the soundsystem.

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