With their own blend of indie rock and post-rock local Sky Architects took over as number two on Skovscenen this Thursday afternoon. In a sense, not a new band, but that was nevertheless how it appeared after the concert. With the vocalist to the left on the scene, you quickly found yourself in a challenging situation – where to focus on stage? Visually, there was nothing consistent about their clothing style, which most of all recalled some regular festival-goers who wasn’t supposed to be on such a large stage. That said though they delivered a great musical presentation. However, it seemed a bit like a tiny fuck-up by the festival to place a band of their genre just after Robudo and Dance With Dirt.
The audience had a hard time finding the mood of the music, which would have worked much better after dark. Musically they move very dreamy, but with elements of indie and post-rock, which simply did not fit at the selected time. This is not the band’s fault, who did their best to evoke empathy from the audience. One criticism which unfortunately cut through was especially the mimicry from the Bass player which at times was simply too happy relative to the piece of music they had started to carry forward.Eventually he seemed easier soulless.
The most sublime moment came in the form of their “LOL Jam” as it was named in honor of the occasion. Here the group started to encourage the audience raised during the performance because, as they described it, “I have no idea whether it is great or not.” The song turned out, despite the recurring stylistic confusion, to be superb.
All in all, a slightly gritty affair, where the mimicry of the bass player and his facial expression did not fit on the set with the left-directed scene lineup. He simply took too much attention in centre-front. After all There should be no doubt, Sky Architects are skilled musicians, but it was not properly reflected on a way too early Thursday evening where the stage was simply not set for their dreamy universe.
A mediocre presentation 2.5 of 5 stars from Sound of Aarhus.