We’ve been down at Austin City Limits music festival in Austin, Texas for the last day or so now, incase you haven’t noticed, and yesterday at the festival we didn’t manage to drag our slightly jet lagged selves there for the 11am Wild Nothing set, so we thought we should check them out with Autre Ne Veut, a New York based artist we’ve been dying to see live for a while now.
We arrived at The Parish, which is known by locals as one of the best live music venues in Austin because of the high quality sound and production it offers artists, and it was starting to pack out for Autre Ne Veut’s opening set. We weren’t sure what his stage set up would be as the Anxiety album features many layered vocals, with his powerful pipes taking centre stage, along with synths, sax, beats, and drums. Arthur Ashin was joined by a back up vocals who also worked the synth and a drummer who kept the beats going on his intoxicating tracks.
Arguably one of the best albums of the year in our opinion (and many others), we weren’t expecting Anxiety to be as amazing as it was last night. Ashin had no trouble at all stretching to those high notes we love on the album, and his back up vocalist matched his skill level with powerful soulful lines that underline the tracks.
Next up was Wild Nothing, who we haven’t seen since this time last year back at The Great Hall in Toronto with DIIV opening. Jack Tatum has continued to progress nicely since last years Nocturne, and we loved hearing this years Empty Estate EP live, especially “Ocean Repeating (Big-Eyed Girl)” and “A Dancing Shell.”
Take a look through some photos below.