Electric Fields & Skinny Fish Sound System @ Chevron Gardens, 9/2/18

Pic: Zaachariaha Fielding of Electric Fields. Credit: Matsu Photography

Electric Fields’ performance for the Perth Festival touched the soul, connecting with the human spirit. The feminine male duo represent a unified energy; feeling their way through the performance in a manner that felt absolutely inviting. The undertones of moving forward through adversities in life through positivity, were inspiring.

In an entity of their own, a meshing of artistic creation rarely seen or heard, the duo encapsulated so many different expressions of lyric and sound – soul, electronica and culture. They are quite simply Electric Fields.

Throughout the night, the duo compelled us to dance and feel the music with them. The beautiful swaying androgynous soul, Zaachariaha Fielding, represented a vehicle for the energy of their music, his striking humility connecting with the crowd through movement and sound. With cultural sounds and words from his Pitjantjatjara childhood intertwined with his angelic, yet powerfully silken voice, Fielding's expression was beautifully rich with messages. We were also treated to the depth of his extraordinary voice, a mind-blowing instrument within itself. ‘Just feel the music and be in yourselves,’ he stated. Just beautiful.

Performing songs from their EP, Inma, such as Don’t You Worry Baby, Inma and ending the night with Ornament, the crowd swayed and engaged with their music and stage presence.

Due to flooding in the NT, Kardajala Kirridarra had to pull out of the performance, but the evening was still plentiful. Skinnyfish Sound System, a unified group of five cultures from Arnhem Land, performed ancient chants mixed with contemporary music, rap, song and a live didgeridoo. Their DJ, a beatmaster in electronica, plus Skinnyfish labelmates Shelton Murray (from Bathurst To Melville), with Bradley Bara and Don Nunggarrgalu (from Mambali Band) brought the house down. They explained the stories and processes behind each song, such as one where permissions were sought and agreed upon by each of their cultures in order to develop the final collaboration and mix.

Their music had the crowd jumping and the sounds of the didgeridoo were spine-chillingly good.

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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