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- Posted on Apr 18th 2011 12:48PM by Theo Bark
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The shirtless young crowd was in an ebullient mood, wearing headdresses and glow-in-the-dark, after a long weekend in the desert, eager for have one last chance to dance.
At the opening notes, bright light circuits shot through vertical beams behind singer/keyboardist Julian Hamilton and drummer Kim Moyes, who also contributed keys, working the crowd into an immediate frenzy with the rising synths of 'Talk Like That,' the third single from their acclaimed 'Apocalypso.'
"To spend the last hour with you guys is beautiful," Hamilton shouted, and the crowd reciprocated in kind as the duo launched into the sublime synths of their New Wave-influenced 'If I Know You,' yet another single from their latest disc.
The synths stayed raucous, the vocal effects remained heavy and the crowd's hands never left the air as Moye stepped out from behind the drums to play keys and samples alongside his partner in the center of the stage, moved into a minimal version of 'Are You the One' from their debut, which progressively built into an energetic climax.
"We're gonna try a new one for you now. You haven't heard this one before!" Hamilton announced, launching into a haunting new track from their upcoming third release, said to be dropping later this year.
"OK, Coachella. This is our last song! Three minutes left!" Hamilton shouted as they tore into 'My People.'
"There's 30 seconds left for us, Coachella!" he continued, singing the last lines of the chorus. "I'm here with all of my people/And it feels so good!"