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Live Review: Vallis Alps, Banff & Golden Vessel @ The Brightside 8.10.15

The Canberra/Seattle duo behind Vallis Alps embody the term “skyrocketing” to fame, as they only recently learnt how to perform live together and have now completely sold out their first ever headlining tour.

Their show at The Brightside last night was the third date on their whirlwind trip along the east coast, and they were met by a very adoring crowd. People arrived early to stake out prime position, but before Parissa Tosif (vocals) and David Ansari (producer) took to the stage, they were supported by two local acts.

18 year old producer Golden Vessel was first to the stage, bringing the trance-inducing synth loops. He opened with a lot of heavy bass notes, reverberating through the room, and expertly slipped a few remixes into his set. He didn’t have a whole lot of stage presence, but at the age of 18 he looked pretty confident in what he was doing. Half-way through his friend and fellow musician Allthingslost joined him on stage and they finished with their hit Control.

Next up was Banff, the moniker for Brisbane musician Benjamin Forbes, who was joined by his three-piece backing band. They delivered some pretty dreamy indie pop, with lulling harmonies from Forbes and his lead guitarist. He played some new material and also better known tracks like Anyone Else from his ‘Future Self’ EP.  The highlight of the set was listening to Forbes soaring voice and great vocal range, which had everyone captivated. 

Everyone had pushed up the stage by the time Vallis Alps entered and they screamed whole-heartedly at the dazzled looking duo. Tosif and Ansari launched straight into their electronic/dance set, playing hits like Thru that had the crowd spellbound as it built to one hell of a drop. It’s clear that the duo have expertly mastered these kinds of drops, playing around with dramatic sparsity and building tempo slowly through their songs.

 Everyone was mesmerised by Tosif’s angelic vocals, which sound just as clean and captivating live as they do recorded. The crowd were singing along with her on tracks like Oh! and as they announced they were going to play some brand new material, the excitement was palpable.

Ansari was in his element on stage, moving from laptop, to synthesiser, guitar, and drums with ease. Reprieve, as well as a few of the newer tracks featured a lot of heavy bass drumming, and Ansari hit the floor tom with passionate abandon. There were a few hick-ups with their synth equipment and feedback, but Ansari handled it well and they didn’t let it get on top of them.

Due to overwhelming requests, they told the crowd, they would play their cover of Bon Iver’s Blood Bank, which became a crowd-pleaser after they tried it live a couple of months ago. The duo worked perfectly on stage together, with Tosif airily and delicately weaving through her vocals and Ansari confidently handling the complex musical production. Thank god they learnt how to translate their music to stage because they looked right at home.   

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