The fifth and final night of local music festival Thunderfest concluded with a stripped-back and acoustic night.
Opening the evening was Emma McNeill, whose mellow set seemed to blend into one sounding much the same as every fledglingacoustic singer-songwriter.
But with a very strong solo voice and a backing group, her set picked up towards its close, showing undeniable future potential.
To follow were Japan-based dream-pop duo Kanina. Backed by a screen featuring the animated narrative of their lyrics, they managed to captivate the half- bewildered, half-elated audience, utilising nothing more than a guitar, an electric piano and singer Yukino’s tentative, twinkling voice. Their 30-minute set soared with crescendos in the same vein as Explosions In The Sky or Mono.
Dave Woodward followed with his heartfelt songs. This veteran of the scene managed to maintain the audience’s attention with his Blur-esque swagger and lift the energy of proceedings for the night’s second instalment of post-rock wizardry.
Local lights This is My Normal State had been on a short nationwide tour leading to this final date and so in a jubilant mood, they performed a set perfectly suited to the intimate crowd. With sweeping cello and vocal harmonies overlaying a dense mix of drum rolls, bass warbles and guitar drones, the band had a hypnotic and rich sound that brought to mind the epic, orchestral qualities of Mogwai.
To close, up-and-coming indie quartet Archimedes performed an acoustic set. A band gaining a reputation for energetic electric shows, stripping back their songs to the bare bones could have been a grave error. But the band pulled off the delicacies such a set demands with great aplomb working through a set of honed material that as you look around the audience you soon realise the majority of the crowd are familiar with.
A rightfully strong concluding day to a festival that saw a multitude of eclectic talents converging to amaze on a small Totterdown-based stage.