Live review: Florence and the Machine at the Creator's Project
Mon Oct 17 2011
Dressed in a floor-length silky, sheer and sequined black dress, standing regally underneath a grand archway, her gothically pale skin illuminated by the lights bouncing off the stone walls, dramatic is perhaps not strong enough a word to describe Florence Welch's appearance on stage Saturday evening at the Creators Project. As you may know, her band, Florence and the Machine, is preparing to drop full-length album No. 2 in just a few weeks (Ceremonials, out November 1 on Universal Republic). The bar is set high after triumphant debut Lungs, and this past weekend an avid crowd of thousands gathered in Dumbo in hopes of a sneak peek of the new album.
Fans were not disappointed—the soulful, theatrical redhead wove together a set that debuted a number of new songs while pleasing longtime listeners with fan favorites such as explosive pop hit "Dog Days Are Over" and the mystical "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)," which could not have been performed in a more appropriate venue. Her hour-long set was comprised of quite a bit of unheard material: opener "Only if for a Night," a slow, spooky jam about ghosts; "Never Let Me Go," an anthemic, pummeling hit in the making; classic Flo body-waving, heart-crashers "Heartlines" and "Spectrum"; and harps-filled closing song "No Light, No Light," ("It seems right to end the show with the first song we wrote for the new album," she disclosed). She also played the previously released powerhouse tracks "What the Water Gave Me" and "Shake It Out."
The Creators Project (a Vice-Intel collab) descended upon the streets of Dumbo this past Saturday and Sunday, taking over both public and private spaces. There were interactive multimedia art installations, such as an engulfing, remixed video of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and a 30-foot-tall light-up cube courtesy of United Visual Artists, surely recognizable to past Coachella-goers. On top of Florence & Co., festivalgoers were treated to globe- and genre-spanning musical performances and DJ sets from the likes of Justice, John Maus and Four Tet, as well as film screenings from producers like Spike Jonze and Band of Horses. The only parts of the festival requiring money were fare from Brooklyn Flea food trucks and tickets to Karen O's "psycho-opera" Stop The Virgens, which nevertheless sold out both nights (but is running through October 22). Needless to say, the sole complaint regarding this event was the insatiable desire to be in many, many places at once.
Florence and the Machine set list:
Only if for a Night
What the Water Gave Me
Never Let Me Go
Between Two Lungs
Shake It Out
Dog Days Are Over
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
No Light, No Light