PopGun kicked off their incredible summer lineup Saturday night with a sold out show of the best stuff out there in dance-pop right now… and one lucky reader was there thanks to, well, FREEwilliamsburg. Here’s how the night went down, in the words of the ticket winner himself:
MillionYoung, two gentle youngsters from Florida, make squeaky clean guitar-driven electronica. To augment the precision, the vocals were washed with more fuzz and echo than perhaps any band I’ve seen save a beach-pop act or two that sparked up last year. THIS is chillwave riding its crest. Marco Diaz has crafted an early version of the future sound of pop, and would have played a spectacular set but for the “William Jean”-pegged MJ cover at the end that, sadly, just didn’t work. Nonetheless, I look forward to more.
Restless People, yet to release an album (the self-titled EP is due mid-September), got the crowd dancing with their Tropical Rock-tronic sound. Recently signed to IAMSOUND Records and partially composed of our beloved Tanlines, the two tracks floating around, “Days of our Lives” and “Victimless Crimes”, are furthering the dance rock that is coming to define this summer. Stereogum links them to another “sunny, globally minded dance-pop group… Delorean, zeitgeist-nailers making a lot of people sweat in 2010.”
But Delorean is nearly a class unto its own, and this Barcelona fourtet drew a packed, sold out crowd. Almost as if The Avalanches finally achieved that perfect dance album, “Subiza” is becoming the sound of Summer ’10. Tinged with the tongue-in-cheek cheesiness of the House music they surely grew up on, Delorean oozes a danceably hazy feast of pop sounds that also recalls fellow Spaniard El Guincho’s pension of an Animal Collective aesthetic. “Simple Graces” and “Come Wander” are my jams for the hot days, but each track appealed to its own crowd as Delorean rocked the international hip scene they drew.
More photos from Saturday night’s show after the jump…