The Embarrassment Of Riches Season continues – this one comes from the recently concluded Down The Rabbit Hole festival, which took place at Bergharen in The Netherlands. Ironically, the same weekend as Glastonbury – with a few cases of overlap (i.e.- Patti Smith played both festivals). I can see how a situation like this would drive any self-respecting festival goer insane, as there are just too many choices to make – way too much good music to sample – and way too little time to take it all in.
But luckily, between the BBC streaming and doing on-demand for Glasto and VPRO streaming and doing on-demand via their 3FM outlet, it’s possible to get just about everything you missed if you are, like me, sitting in the strange confines of a studio in Los Angeles, sifting through mountains of music.
So far, this has been a great and memorable year – and with bands like Other Lives continuing to explore a rich and engaging road of musical possibilities, the world is in good hands.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say Other Lives has wound up on a lot of must-see/must-hear lists the past few years. I keep hearing them go from strength to strength the longer they are together. This is a band not content to stay in one musical place for very long – and there is enough talent and virtuosity to be had to make them a constant source of aural stimulation – which is great for them and for us. There is nothing as frustrating as a band content to stay in one place and grow stale as the result. I’m not finding that to be the case with Other Lives.
And to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here is their most recent set – recorded just days ago by the venerable and visionary VPRO on June 28th at Down The Rabbit Hole.
Play Loud – play with headphones – close your eyes – fall into the music. Come back in 49 minutes.