Andy Stott Société Des Arts Technologiques, Montreal QC, May 30

Andy Stott Société Des Arts Technologiques, Montreal QC, May 30
Photo: Vincent Pollard
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Stott looked unassumingly British in his t-shirt, jeans and sneakers tonight, standing behind his laptop and in front of a screen showing a projection of visuals that looked like they belonged in a Julie Christie movie. Stott began his set in dark territory, familiar to fans of his recent Luxury Problems album and the Passed Me By/We Stay Together EPs, creating a dense, dark mood overlaid with genuinely disturbing pitched-down vocals. The curious thing about Stott's music live is how the dark, brooding headphone tracks can be translated to such a fun, live set, that despite the gothic drama of his work, he can turn it around as a kind of party set — at least if you like dark, driving techno. At one point later in the set, Stott dropped some acid, to which the crowd responded well, mixing it in with "Up The Box," one of his drum'n'bass numbers, before taking the set to a rave-y climax.