Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Ibeyi

Sasquatch, Live Reviews
05/31/2016
Geran Landen
all photos by Brittany Feenstra

Due to the windy weather and the consequential shuffling of band’s set times and locations, Sasquatch! Music Festival's El Chupacabra tent housed several acts that certainly didn’t fit the sound the EDM-themed stage is known for. Ibeyi was seemingly one of those bands, but the group had been scheduled for the stage since the beginning and were not there as result of a relocation. The duo are known for their beautiful minimalist sound that draws heavily from Yorùbá culture, and while it seemed odd to place them in a tent known for its flashing lights and heavy bass, the show quickly revealed the essential and central role of percussion in their music and made sense of their stage placement. The sisters, whose stage name means “twins” in Yorùbá, use a mix of Afro-Cuban and electronic percussion to form the backbone for their songs, which are laden with melodic vocals and keys. The stark music was accented by the extra oomph the percussion was given live, and the contrast between the beautiful flowing melodies the duo craft and the calculated percussion had the entirety of the crowd swaying in a trance like state throughout. The El Chupacabra tent ironically can offer one of the more intimate settings at Sasquatch! if the conditions are right, and the group capitalized on it, delivering one of the better sets of the weekend.

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