2015 earthings! Fantasy Festival, part four: the Cyclothymic stage

2015 earthings! Fantasy Festival: the Cyclothymic stage

Here we go again: the earthings! Fantasy Festival is back, with five stages of live performances that’s all just happening in our heads. Today, friend of the blog Allene Allanigue plays with a psychological metaphor with her five acts.

Cyclothymia is a dysfunction in mood that is of bipolar spectrum, only milder. I thought if I was to set a stage, I would like to pick acts that are among the least likely to be invited to perform here in the Philippines. But what made these acts to my line-up is the confidence I have in them that they won’’t leave the stage without making an impact. Not the sort of they will drive the audience in a frenzied mood or make them wail in tears: I want this stage to be as chill as possible, yet emotions are still felt. As the cycle of “cyclothymia” goes, there’s a rollercoaster of hypomanic and depressive moods. Each act has a different flavor but, at the same time, all flavors are the same. [AA]


I discovered Vance Joy accident, mistaking him with an artist with a very similar name, Foy Vance (you might’ve heard him on the Warm Bodies OST). Dream Your Life Away, the Aussie singer-songwriter’s first full-length album, was released in 2014 and has so far achieved gold certification in Canada and Australia. This guy, who looks like a cross-bred Jon Snow and Robb Stark, with a ukulele playing “Riptide”, is all that it takes your lighten up the mood.


Dia Frampton (of Meg & Dia, and later of the first season of The Voice US) has taken interesting turns in the music industry. She started out in with her sister Meg in a pop-emo-rock band, which eventually had quite a lot of transformations: the last record they produced before the break-up is a of folk-y tune. After releasing her solo record Red in 2011, she now provides vocals in this venture with Joseph Trapanese, a music producer for films and television, for the new record that will be released next week under the act name Archis.


I don’t know much about Feist, to be honest. After hearing “The Bad in Each Other”, which is also part of the Warm Bodies OST, a colleague recommended I listen to her. It isn’t just her voice that draws me to her but the entire artistry of her music. It would also be fascinating to watch this guitar prowess do her runs live.


Although this band had pretty much gained the attention they deserved in 2011 and 2012, the years they received Grammy nominations and awards, it was still less likely for local concert organizers to give them a shot here. Bon Iver is not a typical band: they have tons of brass and drums, and Justin Vernon’’s voice is not of the typical range, tone or even quality. We do not know whether they are coming back though. Whether Justin is just hiding in some cabin at the middle of some forest recording some songs, we’ll never know until further notice.


What do we know about this Jewish lady apart from her contribution to the Narnia and 500 Days of Summer OSTs, or “Samson”? Well, the album cover for Regina Spektor‘s What We Saw From the Cheap Seats was used by Apple in some of their promotional ads. What majority of the people know about her is so much of an understatement as an artist. I consider this lady the modern singing girl version of Mozart. Her remarkable piano arrangements and genius lyrics fused together make a song bring stories to life. And these stories are not the sort of grand, these are little simple stories that maybe we, or a friend, or even a foe, has probably gone through. (Tomorrow: Niko Batallones wraps up the festival with his five acts.)


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