Shpongle presents The Masquerade – The Neptune Theatre, Seattle – 9/27/12
The Neptune Theatre is rarely filled and the Thursday night Shpongle show – the first of two – was no exception. The old movie house was renovated two years ago to accommodate live music and it still retains some of the 20th century theatre charm in its ornate gold sound panels and stained glass mermaid panes.
Mellow dub-step act Phutureprimitive opened the show with a spacey set. The subs weren’t set on the floor, so the full bass effect wasn’t realized, but the sounds still compelled body movement.
The Shpongle Masquerade was unveiled, a dizzying stage set of white panels, overlaid with a coordinated projection of general trippy shit. The sound has a uniquely tribal quality; it seems heavy on the bamboo wind chimes and kick drum. This is not the sort of music that keeps you waiting for the chorus.
Shpongle producer, Simon Posford, clad in his signature peacock-feathered fedora, kept a straight face as he bobbed his head to the flowing synthesizers. Lasers bounced across the ceiling and the stage danced under the light of the visual projector.
It was one of the few Seattle shows with an abundance of dreadlocked guests, which was refreshing. Wherever Shpongle tours, he attracts a slice of the summer festival scene. Next time, I want to see him play outdoors.