Aaron & Bryce Dessner's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival wrapped up on Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for its third and final day, featuring performances by some of indie's most prominent and promising figures. The festival was organized in such a way that reminded my very much of ATP's I'll Be Your Mirror festival in Asbury Park last year, in that you could very easily find a great spot to watch acts within minutes of them taking the stage. Not to mention accessible food and drink stations throughout, and a very fan-friendly vibe.
The first act we caught was Brooklyn's Caveman, a band that I've heard a lot about recently but have heard very little of. Luckily, seeing them in BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House for the first time was probably the greatest introduction I could have had to the band. Featuring highly infectious beats, and lots and lots (and lots) of reverb, Caveman remind me of the best aspects of peers Bear in Heaven and Animal Collective, all the while having a very original, and most importantly, very live sound to them. It was difficult to not get caught in a trance watching them, with frontman Matthew Iwanusa pounding on a tom drum and bass player Jeff Berrall holding down some truly memorable bass lines. You can listen to Caveman's 2011 album Coco Beware on Spotify (we embedded it below as well).
|My Brightest Diamond|
After that, it was sort of hard to watch anything without comparing it to Bradford's set. I've also never been the hugest fan of Beirut--not that I'm not a fan, I've just never listened to a lot of them. So I won't even bother getting into a description of the set because I'm not exactly one to judge.
|Pat Mahoney & Nancy Whang|
Poor ending aside, the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival really was a well-executed concert, and I do hope to see it return next year. Maybe the surprise appearances can be scheduled a littler earlier in the evening?
Check out our coverage of the first day of the festival, albums from all the artists we saw play, and a set of photos of day three below...