The second song felt like a streamlined, poppier version of an Animal Collective song. It's clear that Walter Meego knows their way around a three part harmony, both synth players and guitar player lending their voices to the choruses. Their layered vocalizations and major chord changes on top of lots of noodling synths created a three dimensional wave of sound that washed over the crowd again and again. While I enjoyed the hearsick ballads filled with emotion and gorgeous longing, I also liked the fact that not every song was romantically-themed. They sang a new song about the surreality of life, asking the big questions of existence and purpose. One of their darker, more intricate songs was a Bowie-esque ballad dripping in psychedlia that reminded me of a James Bond theme. The song's hook 'Ghost in Love' seemed appropriate for the spooky synth sounds and brooding minor chords. While the first half of the set was mostly downtempo numbers, it was obvious that Walter Meego had saved their wildest dance anthems for the end of the show. 'Tomorrowland' started the slow increase in tempo, a song imploring one's love to show their true feelings. Though the song's subject matter was somewhat bittersweet, I couldn't help but smile at the background vocals singing endless 'la la las' beneath the lead singer's pleading tone. As the show wound down, they kicked it into high gear with their dance party anthem 'Forever', and the crowd was more than ready to break out into all methods of dancing. The hardcore fans let loose and shook their entire bodies, and even the shy wallflowers surrounding the back wall couldn't help but nod their heads to the infectious beat. What was really interesting was the lightning-quick transition from innocent, sweet indie pop band into a rollicking, sexy dance quintet. You could tell that the group was enjoying themselves as much as the crowd was, every member shaking their heads in time to the beats until the last synth chord rang out into the ether. I admit, I was a little disappointed by the poor sound quality, and their performance would have been far more effective had we been able to understand their introspective lyrics and catchy choruses. But I was impressed by the group's ability to roll with the punches and put on a good show, regardless of techinical difficulties.
Walter Meego's recent album Voyager is available on iTunes. A new album should be available soon, keep checking their Myspace for more details! For now, I'll leave you with the lyrics to the song that first got me interested in Walter Meego. As you can imagine from the lyrics, the titles is 'In My Dreams':
In my dreams, I can fly
I can swim in the sky
Move like I'm dancing on the air
To the music everywhere
Because you love me, yes you love me
In my dream