The Intoxications of Coachella
Some may think that the quickest route to intoxication is through vodka martinis or a prohibited substance. But in actual fact, music has the greatest power to morph mental states, bend perspectives, and change moods.
Coachella, held over the past two weekends in Palm Springs, is a mecca for those daring souls who leave themselves vulnerable to music, allowing sounds to twist inside their bodies changing them forever. But it’s not just music that draws people to the desert – it’s a community of people, an eternal runway of fashion that turns on the eyes, and an uninhibited experience never to be forgotten.
Band of Horses, Blur, The XX, Violent Femmes, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, La Roux, Metric, Moby, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stars, and even Wu-Tang Clan provided a diverse and palatable buffet for the ears.
If you didn’t get the pleasure of feeling the sun on your dance-strained muscles, grass prickling the backs of your legs, or the surprisingly comfortable sensation of thousands of strangers bumping against your bare skin, here are some highlights from the festival…
The most obscure and unexpected collaborations are the most impactful. Phoenix and R. Kelly joined forces in an unbelievable 1901 / Ignition mash up.
Never believe a band when they say they’re done. Postal Service made their most wished for return with Such Great Heights. (On that note… Dear LCD Soundsystem, please come back quick)
The Lumineers’ Ho Hey attaches itself to mouths, upturning corners without permission. It is absolutely impossible not to grin when this tune sings.
Images from Huffington Post, Pop Sugar, Harpers Bazaar.
- Sandra O’Connell