In the cold of winter, it's hard to imagine a bright, heavily populated Gorge Amphitheater, the hot sun dipping low behind the stage. It's sure fun to though, and it's even more fun to imagine who will soundtrack those many beautiful moments. The natural highlight of any long, late-spring day (whether a clear blue sky is provided by Mother Nature or one blanketed with clouds) is far and away the long, drawn out, hazy sunset; the heavens thrown into a vivid oil and watercolor state. So the question is posed: Who's songs sound prettiest at sunset? I've thrown out a few of my Sasquatch!-related picks below (one possible selection for each day), and even found some relevant Youtube clips. Enjoy!
Explosions In The Sky
When I saw EITS play out the sun at last year's Capitol Hill Block Party, I wondered (probably out loud) why every festival in the whole world ever didn't hire them to play at sunset. Their pieces are collections of epic crescendos and fulfilling denouement, and are one of the only bands that are capable of doing a sunset justice. I'm almost certain the festival organizers will schedule them for one.
The Sub Pop-signed Scottish instrumentalists are one of few groups in the same league as EITS for sunset-accompaniment. As my friend Pat (who is lead singer in a local band) always says: lead singers ruin perfectly good bands. They might also ruin sunsets; the sky is poetry enough.
I Break Horses
I know, could I blab about them enough? Their gauzy electro-pop would be killer any time of day in my opinion, but would be especially fitting at sunset. Here's a pretty video (though not at sunset):
If there was an awesome metal band playing the festival, I'd slot them here, but (at least upon first glance) there's not, so I went the other direction and chose local orchestral folk boys HM, who play soft, flowing songs about far away lands, which could easily carry you off into the horizon.