Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 4: Jamie xx

Sasquatch, Live Reviews
05/31/2016
Jacob Webb
photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

A 12:30 a.m. timeslot on the final day of a four-day Sasquatch! Music Festival is a daunting test. You're either playing to whoever's passed out on the lawn or people who are, for any number of personal and chemical reasons, not ready to let their festival experience end. Jamie xx wasn't the most explosive electronic act of the weekend – considering Major Lazer's pyrotechnics budget, there's no shame in that – but his skillful balance between the atmospheric and visceral meant that there was room at his set for both groups of people. Cuts from In Colour, still one of the more brilliant summer albums in recent memory, were the cornerstones of the set, but the London DJ/producer threw in a surprising number of crowdpleasing curveballs ("Don't You Want Me?" and "Just The Two of Us" were as seamless as they were unexpected). As the last act to play during the festival, Jamie xx was the soundtrack to many festival goers' walk back to their cars or the campgrounds. But after the music ended and the crowd erupted in the inexplicable-but-always-delightful festival tradition of singing the chorus of "Just a Friend" on the way out, it was clear that Jamie xx sent Sasquatch 2016 off on the right sublime note.

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