Special Pitchfork Music Festival Blog Contributor
Darkstar has described their album, “North,” as “anti-color,” and that was certainly an apt description of their opening set on the Blue stage. Darkstar singer James Buttery looped his processed, hazed-out vocalizations, building a choir of melancholy chants that was initially intriguing over their droney, synth-drenched compositions, but became redundant after a couple songs and soon wore out their welcome.
While a completely different vibe, a bit of the repetitive issue befell Tom Krell’s set as well. Performing as How to Dress Well, Krell was joined by a string section complete with a conductor.