Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 22nd September 2017
Electric Fields took to the Little Dumpling Market stage with a simple set up of a few microphones, a keyboard and a handful of people who had gathered in advance to their set. The Electric Fields duo of Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross were quick to draw in their crowd with their electro-pop-soul blend of music and constant energy on stage. By the end, the strong crowd were up close and dancing while many more had their attention drawn in from their seated position scattered around the venue.
The pair have an incredible stage presence and dynamic. Fielding’s soulful vocals alternated from gentle lead ins, to chillingly powerful and commanding, which contrasted nicely with Ross’s more pop sounding and softer voice. The lyrics are a mix of original songs, Fielding’s traditional language of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people, and samples from well known hits.
Both performers seemed to be in another world once their set opened. I don’t think their bodies stopped moving once Ross hit the first key. Their enthusiasm blended naturally with a charisma that seemed to encourage engagement with their show and an excellent response from the audience.
They were a joy to watch live with the production having the position as presenting an art form while not compromising the upbeat entertainment of the electronic and pop genres. It was a beautifully constructed and passionate production.
Their show was a one off for this year’s OzAsia Festival but you can keep up with their Electric Fields gigs online.
Reviewed by Alex Dunkin
Season ended – One Night Only