PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 – Day 1
Words by Evan La Ruffa, Images by Abel Arciniega / Tequila Graphics
Day One of Pitchfork Music Festival was a scorcher, concluded by a thunderstorm that cut Bjork’s headlining set about 30 minutes short. Despite the early ending, the day didn’t disappoint. The heat was rough though not as humid as the 3rd coast can be, as hoards of humanity gathered in the few shaded areas of Chicago’s Union Park. Angel Olsen’s delicate vocals were a certain highlight of the day. Her band was tactful, staying out of the way of her impressively shimmering vocals. Woods were great, and Mikal Cronin’s melodies pleased as well. Joanna Newsome and her harp were also on point, lulling the crowd into a restful place as Bjork’s headlining set loomed. As Newsome finished, people had already found their spots for Bjork, wit the stages sharing each others shadows.
Bjork graced the stage right at 8:30pm, appearing with a silver orb-shaped headdress on, a surreal Christmas tree ornament. She played favorites like “Army Of Me,” and “Crystaline,” not to mention a host of other classics. Thats; what so great about her sets at this stage of her career, they bliss you out track after track, whether her subtle and deft sounds, or her galactic breakbeats. As Bjork played on with her amazing backup singers and band, the skies got darker. I mentioned at that point that it appeared Bjork was conducting the skies. And she did… all too well, and at 9:30ish Bjork announced to the crowd that she was being told she could not play any longer.
As the dust kicked up on Lake St and the thunder rocked Chicago, Day One settled in the background. The sound was great all day and although we were sad that Iceland’s greatest woman wasn’t able to give us another bit of joy, her set was pure magic; once again confirming why she is such a celestial and enigmatic artist.
Day Two, lets do this.
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