Young Magic: September 6, 2012 Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

September 26, 2012

[not very good photos by acidjack]

Young Magic’s grab-bag of influences – West African rhythms, shoegaze textures, hip hop beats, a smattering of witch house – makes them an almost-impossibly current-sounding band, whose sound is as easy to locate in the modern present as their auditorium-shaking bass was in your throat. The band kicked off the opening night of the Hopscotch Music Festival at Raleigh, NC’s cavernous Memorial Auditorium, and rose to the occasion despite being one of the smaller acts, personnel-wise, to take the festival’s biggest stage. The opening chants and dense sonics of “You With Air” set the tone for a set that made it clear how the Brooklyn (via Australia and Indonesia) act had gotten that billing in such short time.  This is the sort of dance-ish music that you probably don’t actually dance to; like Tricky and Massive Attack before them, Young Magic’s game is to hypnotize its audiences with their dark atmospherics. The band included a couple of new numbers not on their 2012 Carpark Records debut, Melt, which could well see some action on best-of lists at year-end.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones from the ideal location in the venue. The venue’s rather boomy acoustics are reflected in the recording, though with some additional editing, I think it is a solid capture. Enjoy!

Stream “Night In the Ocean”

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Young Magic
Hopscotch Festival
Memorial Auditorium
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>24bit/48kHz WAV>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify, balance, downsample)>FLAC (level 8 )

01 intro>You With Air
02 The Dancer
03 Sparkly
04 Slip Time
05 [unknown]
06 [unknown2]
07 Night In the Ocean

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2 Responses to Young Magic: September 6, 2012 Hopscotch Festival (Raleigh, NC) – FLAC / MP3 / Streaming

  1. Kelan
    September 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    From the zip file attached, Track 4 is Slip Time, 5 and 6 are new unreleased and 7 is Night in the Ocean…

  2. acidjack
    September 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    ^ Yup. Fixed.

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