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Fee Lion

Stephanie Bassos

Wild Belle, Fee Lion, Glass Lux 

When: Fri., Jan. 15, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $18, $100 five-day festival pass
The mood Justina Kairyte (aka Fee Lion) summons with her voice alone on “Ah Control”—the opener of III, the five-song cassette she released last year—is a mix of downcast 70s-era track lighting and eerie, slow-flickering strobe. Her dark and brooding vocals, imperial and emotive, are complemented by an unadorned beat and barely gurgling synth that etches through the track like a dragonfly stirring up ripples while it skims across a pond. Kairyte has such a strong control of the elasticity of her voice that she treats it like an instrument on “Lovebug,” gently poking at the minimal swaths of synth with vocal clicks and short, airy falsettos. The cassette’s other true single, “Needs,” is a more direct electropop track mostly fueled by a witchy beat and swirling haze, but as it devolves into a cycling and tumbling acoustic riff at the end, it morphs into performance art—which Kairyte is more than comfortable directing.
— Kevin Warwick
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