Deadmau5 "Live @ Earl's Court" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 11 Aug 2011 09:44:03
With Live @ Earl's Court, Deadmau5 reaches a level of sonic divinity that belongs to the likes of Pink Floyd.
Being the first electronic artist to sell out the famed London venue is certainly a colossal accolade in and of itself. However, it's not just about packing rooms for Deadmau5, it's about putting on an utterly transcendent and timeless show.
Watching the DVD, it's clear that he's a master of that delicate space where sound and visuals coexist in hypnotic harmony. The swells of "Some Chords" rise unison with the flickers of color behind him, as he opens the doorway into his world.
His mammoth control center in the middle of the stage lit up as the synth bliss of "Reward is Cheese" transfixed the packed audience. Every beat, keyboard stroke, and bass line swirled around the psyche like a 21st century symphony. Energy practically exploded from the podium as tribal drums propelled the set at light-speed during the seductive sensory overload of "FML". A flood of lights washed over the screens in the back of the stage and all eyes remained locked on the big "Mau5 Head" glimmering through the haze.
Green lights spider-webbed across those same screens during the psychedelic stomp from "Cthulhu Sleeps". The music continued to cascade in tandem with the visuals blanketing the screen as Deadmau5 flawlessly mixed each moment to move in conjunction seamlessly.
The set stood constructed on succinct movements much like The Wall or The Who's Tommy. This is a 21st century electro rock opera in many ways, but at the same time Deadmau5 flips the script entirely transporting the whole gig into his own galaxy. Stand out song, "Raise Your Weapon", dipped into dreamy noir territory with a somber subtle piano line before dropping into an incendiary beat break somewhere between dubstep chaos and orchestral brilliance.
"Arguru" began with an eerie calm as our hero lithely moved down the catwalk to a mind-blowing transparent light board in the middle of the venue where he could control the rest of the song. He never stopped moving, emanating an infectious power that surged through everybody there. Sofi added her punked-out electro hip hop siren aura to "Sofi Needs a Ladder" and "One Trick Pony", perfectly powering through the verses and hooks as Deadmau5 continued to steer the ship.
Creepy laughs kicked off "Moar Ghosts" as the screens plunged further down the rabbit hole into elegant electro mastery. "I Remember" soared on the wings of Deadmau5's airtight production and the vocals synced to the luscious lips on the video podium. Few rock bands can match this, and they may not ever be able to.
As "Animal Rights" rounds up, it's clear that Deadmau5 has taken music beyond The Dark Side of the Moon even.
Have you seen Live @ Earl's Court?