Dosh + Light Pollution at Backyard Film & Music Festival: Live review
Saturday's torrential downpours did little to dampen the spirits of those who made their way out to Pullman for this year's edition of the Backyard Film and Music Festival. The day's performances were mainly held indoors, on a stage in a cavernous warehouse-like space in the stunning Pullman State Historic Site. It was an odd venue, boasting an eclectic line-up of performers that ranged from the dreamy shoegaze of Panda Riot to the acoustic twang of Nathan Blake Lynn, with intermittent hip-hop DJ sets thrown in for good measure. Somehow, it all flowed together, building slowly towards the night's headlining act and the subsequent late night film screenings.
The noisy, synth-tinged rock of Chicago's own Light Pollution was a near perfect lead-in to the intricate looped melodies of Martin Dosh, who braved a day of traffic in order to make it to the fest. Not joined on this occasion by his usual collaborator Mike Lewis, Dosh turned in a solo set that strayed away from his latest material in favor of riffs on choice cuts from his past catalog as well as some seemingly spontaneous improvisation. Moving from keyboard to drum kit to mixing board, Dosh deftly manipulated his assembled selection of instruments, all the while building swelling crescendos of layered sound. It was an impressive set to behold, and his infectious rhythms were still reverberating through the heads of the crowd far after the lights had dimmed and the night's films began to roll.