I’ve been sick for over a week now. Runny nose, headache, sore throat, hacking cough: sick. My voice swings from sounding like a suffocating chipmunk to Beast (à la ‘Beauty and the’), if Beast smoked 4 packs a day. I’m doing everything right: resting, drinking hot lemon water and honey, eating well, taking vitamins, going for short walks…. nada. The Beast is here to stay.
However, after a weekend of seeing masses of selfies and status updates, I’ve decided that my body is in protest for having missed its second Osheaga festival in a row. My hoarse voice a cry for attention as it emulates how my voice would have sounded after attending this three-day music bonanza.
So! Not that it’s going to do anyone any good now, but my Osheaga must see wish list would have included: Lorde, Jack White, Lykke Li, Chvrches, Arctic Monkeys, Foster the People, Local Natives, Haim, Sam Roberts Band, Flume, Volcano Choir, Hey Rosetta!, London Grammar, Jon Hopkins, Bombay Bicycle Club, Vance Joy, Kate Nash and Bear Mountain.
Most of these acts have featured at some point or another on SS&ND, but one that I’ve missed has been Volcano Choir. The band, originating from Wisconsin, is fronted by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame). The sound plays with different vibes: at times they’re like an atmospheric Explosion in the Sky composition or a classic Bon Iver track, and yet in others tapping into a little Mumford and Sons crescendo action.
“Byegone” by Volcano Choir
“Comrade” by Volcano Choir