The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

Live with the Mel­bourne Symphony Orchestra Flight Fa­cil­i­ties Fu­ture Clas­sic

Flight Fa­cil­i­ties’ feet have rarely touched the ground since their de­but al­bum Down to Earth dropped in Oc­to­ber last year. The al­bum’s col­lec­tion of house and pop-tinged elec­tron­ica has seen Sydney lads Hugo Gruz­man and James Lyell play Europe’s big­gest fes­ti­vals in be­tween shows across Aus­tralia. This live per­for­mance, recorded with the Mel­bourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl last Oc­to­ber, sees Gruz­man and Lyell delve deep into their cat­a­logue of sin­gles and remixes, blend­ing the best of their de­but al­bum with gems from as far back as 2010. Loop­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether with newly writ­ten or­ches­tral el­e­ments and stel­lar vo­cal per­for­mances from Down to Earth’s guest col­lab­o­ra­tors, the re­sult is orig­i­nal and pow­er­ful. Down to Earth’s soaring In­tro, with its air­port and in-flight com­men­tary, again opens pro­ceed­ings, but quickly grad­u­ates to a stringsled epic take on Flight Fa­cil­i­ties’ remix of James Curd’s Got to Have. For­eign Lan­guage is given new life through a lib­eral pep­per­ing of string stabs, as fel­low Fu­ture Clas­sic artist Ge­orge Maple im­presses with a daz­zling vo­cal per­for­mance. Flight Fa­cil­i­ties’ tour­ing vo­cal­ists Kurt Kris­ten and Owl Eyes ably han­dle the huge pro­duc­tion be­hind them, with Kirsten’s per­for­mance on With You a stand­out when com­bined with thun­der­ous or­ches­tral flour­ishes. Two Bod­ies sees the MSO pair with Brisbane’s Emma Louise for a largely stripped-down in­ter­pre­ta­tion of an en­dur­ing sin­gle. Bring­ing things to a feel-good fi­nale is an all-in vo­cal per­for­mance of Shine a Light, the duo’s 2010 remix of Lon­don duo C90s’ orig­i­nal.

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