Vallis Alps @ The Woolly Mammoth

Dreamy dance beats...

 Playing their second sold out show on the Mane Stage at Woolly Mammoth, Sydney's electro-pop duo Vallis Alps proved they can bundle intimacy with an explosive live set. The band combines the talents of Canberra's lyricist/vocalist Parissa Tosif and Seattle-born beat master David Ansari.

Melbourne rapper Baro kicked off the night with a set that felt more like a street performance than anything else. The few people that were there early either sat around the tables or stood on the edges of the dance floor, nodding their heads occasionally. Most of the crowd did not seem to know the rapper and thought he was a bit out of place opening for an upbeat electronic band like Vallis Alps. Regardless of the enthusiasm levels, Baro played out his style of Melbourne hip-hop with smooth flowing tracks like Bears. Moving confidentally around the stage he increased the tempo during last year's release Wdubi while the Vallis Alps crowd starting piling in.

The room was brimming with a decidedly youthful audience by the time Vallis Alps hit the Mane Stage. Starting off with the slow-rising and mildly acoustic hit Young that initially put them on the map, Vallis Alps announced they were here to drop some new tracks and showcase the new, upbeat direction the band are taking. Filling the middle of the set were two unreleased tracks from their upcoming Fable EP, Run and Serity, that were well received by the swaying audience. The stage, and d-floor, was lit when Vallis Alps played their most recent release East. Also from the upcoming EP, East's catchy hook and upbeat dance vibe worked the crowd up before Vallis Alps closed with the new hit single Fading.

Even after the band walked off the stage everyone was hanging around for a while, hoping for any encore even if it were a repeat considering the band only have six released songs. While there was no encore, Parissa and David did both come back to hang out with fans after most of the crowd had dispersed. The new Fable EP comes out on the 31st of March, and some big European and American tours will follow (with a stop over at Splendour in the Grass in between). But both of them were ecstatic at the success of their mostly sold out Fable tour and wanted to thank everyone who came out to see their shows. These two are definitely worth keeping an eye on.

-Nick Lewis

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