Pushing boundaries was the theme of the day at Way Out West, starting with the age boundaries. Beirut began the day by reminding us that lacking years doesn’t necessarily mean lacking talent. Zach Condon (Beirut’s non-stage name) is a inspiringly talented 23-year old from New Mexico, whose music sounds like a retro cabaret movie, or a piece of heaven, however you want to put it!
Moving on to push not only the age boundary but the that of gender roles as well, the next Robyn took the stage. One of the most internationally popular musicians from Sweden. She started her career when she was only sixteen years old, asking every radio channel, 2o times a day: Do You Really Want Me. Fourteen years later the answer is quite simple: Yes we want you, Robyn. We want you, and we owe you – the Swedish music scene would be an empty place without Robyn’s dulcet vocal stylings. Her break onto the scene was a kick in the pants to a music industry that was dominated by men and men and yup, you guessed it, more men.
Another gender role boundary-pusing musican is Anthony Hegarty (Anthony and the Johnssons) who also performed this evening. His mystical voice was only further intensified by the musicians of the Gothenburg symphony orchestra who accompanied him- a collaboration that not only was a great success but also a symbol of the festival as a whole: international meets with local in beautiful harmony.
The evening ended with Fever Ray, Sweden’s electronic guru – the epitome of modernism in musical form!