Chromatics and Glass Candy Have Them Dancing at Terminal 5

September 16th, 2013

Chromatics/Glass Candy – Terminal 5 – September 13, 2013

Glass Candy

Chromatics and Glass Candy not only share a penchant for entrancing electronic dance music with an edge, but they also share a band member (multi-instrumentalist and producer Johnny Jewel), making perfect sense for the simpatico groups to coheadline Terminal 5 on Friday night. Chromatics, a four-piece helmed by singer Ruth Radelet, opened the show with “Tick of the Clock,” which many may recognize from the film Drive. The slow-burning, atmospheric piece captured the mood of much of the group’s recent output—a pop sensibility with an air of mystery, as Radelet’s ethereal vocals float on the surface of dreamy synths and drift along the ebb and flow of the drums. Songs like “I Want Your Love” and “The Streets Will Never Look the Same,” were well-received by the swaying crowd, as was Chromatics’ take on Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” For their encore, over a blanket of ambient tones, Radelet took the stage alone, performing a delicate rendition of the Rodgers and Hart classic “Blue Moon,” before being joined by her band for “The River” and “In the City,” closing on an upbeat note.

In contrast to Chromatics’ often understated atmosphere, Glass Candy’s music is a bit off-kilter, with smooth dance beats occasionally giving way to a shocking discordant element—an unexpected yelp or scream by singer Ida No, or a particularly aggressive beat. From the moment No pranced onstage, barefoot and twirling her long ponytail as she danced, the duo expelled a contagiously brash energy. While performing the chilly disco of “Feeling Without Touching,” No jumped down off the stage to sing directly to the crowd, before crossing over the barrier and crowd surfing gracefully atop the eager audience. Once she had been carried back onstage, No seamlessly launched into “Life After Sundown” and “Warm in the Winter,” never ceasing her lively gyrations and, in her words, feeding off the crowd’s “East Coast energy.” After closing with “Rolling Down the Hills,” Glass Candy left us in the able hands of DJ Mike Simonetti (who runs both bands’ record label, Italians Do It Better, along with Jewel), which is a good thing, as it seemed no one was ready to go home yet, and the crowd continued to dance even after the lights came on. —Alena Kastin

Photos courtesy of Chris Becker |