by Dave Segal
on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM
Seattle psych-rock band Midday Veil is like an amoeba, its constituent parts splitting off into new configurations on a regular basis. The latest offshoot is Hairport, which features vocalist/keyboardist Emily Pothast, keyboardist David Golightly, and bassist/keyboardist Jayson Kochan. The first two are also in the kosmische-ambient group Hair and Space Museum and the latter performs storming avant-disco sets solo as Airport—hence, Hairport. (Note: Kochan also concocts dark, Italo-disco epics with Midday Veil guitarist Timm Mason (aka Mood Organ) under the name TJ Max and Golightly also wields analog synths in the trio Stenskogen. Got all that? Good.)
Anyway, Hairport made their live debut at Pothast’s Transdimensional Art Portal home gallery Saturday. The occasion was DJ Explorateur’s birthday party, but everyone in the house was gifted with a short but resonant display of transportive dance music that chugged and soared into a semblance of what Tangerine Dreamshould be sounding like in 2012—with bonus supple, expressive female vocals. It may be premature to call this performance historic, but it would not surprise me to see Hairport zoom to lofty places in the near future (Decibel Festival, white courtesy telephone). EDM is positively booming with the kids, right?