Playing at The Observatory North Park between the gap of week one and week two of Coachella, Belle and Sebastian and Perfume Genius graced the stage with their genres of whimsical pop and art pop.
Perfume Genius, the self proclaimed moniker for Mike Hadreas, brought an ethereal artistic feel to his rather short set, touring for his 2014 album Too Bright. He strutted around with confidence for the first few songs, then sang the rest from a keyboard, starting the evening off quietly and strongly.
However, much of the excitement was saved for Belle and Sebastian, veterans of the indie music scene, even though commercial success has much evaded them. Beautiful graphics and phrases were the background to the first song, as lead singer Stuart Murdoch sang from a piano. Songs like “I’m a Cuckoo” and “The Party Line” were received with excitement from the adult crowd and the people reveled in the whimsy and freshness of the set. A Belle and Sebastian concert is always guaranteed fun, as Murdoch shared stories of the origins of songs, and jokingly quipped how the band started in La Jolla, CA because of a friend he had stayed with.