Moderat play a rare live US set at Electric Zoo: Five tracks you need to know
While the masses found themselves packed into crowds at Tiësto, Bassnectar, and A-Trak on Day 2 of Electric Zoo, a few hundred festival-goers enjoyed some breathing room and a special treat at the Hilltop Arena from Modeselektor + Apparat brainchild, Moderat. Unlike the Boys Noizes, Fehrplays, and Mat Zos that graced the rotating stage earlier in the day, the trio opted for the more traditional static stage, shying away from the rotating apparatus. The trio’s purpose was more aural than visual: They were there to showcase their latest album, Moderat II, with Electric Zoo being the last 2013 stop of only three in the US.
With the stage breakdown and setup taking longer than anticipated, the performance finally kicked off to a cheering crowd and the perfect introductory piece. Moderat layered texture after texture from their longest track of the album, “Milk,” building anticipation and controlled frenzy. Immediately following, Sascha Ring (Apparat) took to the microphone to croon over the impressively robust bassline of “Bad Kingdom.” The three proceeded to envelop the audience into a musical excursion, performing album production after production of mainly instrumentals. Moderat’s hour-long set was a safe haven from the ubiquitous festival beats and predictable drops, but we can safely say that, in this instance, ignorance was bliss for those not in attendance.
Here were some of the highlights:
1. Bad Kingdom
5. Damage Done