IN PHOTOS: Tom Misch, Vancouver Sleep Clinic mesmerize in Manila show

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Karpos Live Mix 2.1’s double billing with Tom Misch (left) and Vancouver Sleep Clinic was a perfect combo, making the concert spellbinding, to say the least. Photos by PAOLO ABAD

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Chances are, if you’ve been lurking around the Majestic Casual side of YouTube, you’ve probably heard of Tom Misch or Vancouver Sleep Clinic.

Honestly, their songs are more bops than bangers. Their music is probably best enjoyed on quiet evenings or long car rides. But in a setting like Karpos Live, their tunes morphed into magic, as the crowd’s voices soared in unison, reverberating throughout Vertis Tent. The latest edition of Karpos’ concert series was, to say the least, spellbinding.

Karpos Live Mix 2.1’s double billing with chillwave acts Tom Misch and Vancouver Sleep Clinic was a perfect combo. The former dished out groovy joints, while the latter’s ethereal stylings kept onlookers captivated.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s haunting timbre stood out. Australian singer-songwriter Tim Bettinson, who led the band, had a falsetto reminiscent of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon or Sigur Rós’s Jónsi.

The aforementioned artists were stated influences, but this is just the surface of his brand of R&B — one that’s infused with folk, post-dubstep, and more. His set ranged from ambient (“Ayahuasca”) to the relatively upbeat (“Closure”). At one point, he even infused it with some hip-hop, such as in his cover of Drake’s “Don’t Matter to Me.”

Vancouver Sleep Clinic, to be honest, felt like a left-field choice relative to Karpos Live’s previous acts which include Anderson .Paak and pop-leaning duo Honne. But the audience was all eyes and ears, captivated until the end of his performance.

Tom-Misch-3504.jpg Tom Misch’s set included buoyant numbers and crowd favorites such as “South of the River” and “Lost in Paris.” Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Tom-Misch-3659.jpg The crowd was incredibly receptive to Tom Misch’s oeuvre — their voices resounding throughout Vertis Tent in Quezon City. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

Tom-Misch-3506.jpg By the end of his set, the Filipino audience was loudly singing “Lost in Paris” and clamored for more. Misch relented with “Follow” and “Watch Me Dance.” Photo by PAOLO ABAD

The second act of the night, Tom Misch, was a much-hyped about favorite. His eclectic fare, which melds jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop and more, now includes “Geography,” his first studio album after some beat tapes, singles, and stellar collabs.

Sporting a getup apt for the Philippines’ sunny climes, the London-based producer grooved on his guitar with equally buoyant numbers such as “The Journey” and the bossa nova-tinged De La Soul collab “It Runs Through Me.” The infectious jam, “South of the River,” was an invitation to get everyone boogieing.

There were subdued moments, too, like in “Man Like You,” and the bluesy heartbreaker “Movie,” where he enlisted his own sister Polly to perform the spoken bit.

By the end of his set, the Filipino audience was singing “Lost in Paris” so loudly, Misch seemed to be bashfully speechless at his warm reception. Fans clamored for more, and he generously relented with “Follow” and “Watch Me Dance.”

VSC-3017.jpg Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s Tim Bettinson’s falsetto recalls Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Sigur Rós’s Jónsi, but this is just on the surface of his layered take on R&B. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

VSC-3223.jpg Vancouver Sleep Clinic delivers an ethereal, captivating set that spans the outright ambient to the relatively upbeat. Photo by PAOLO ABAD

VSC-3382.jpg Vancouver Sleep Clinic's set ranged from ambient (“Ayahuasca”) to the relatively upbeat (“Closure”). At one point, he even infused it with some hip-hop, such as in his cover of Drake’s “Don’t Matter to Me.” Photo by PAOLO ABAD

The next installment of Karpos Live, starring local acts Clara Benin and Ben & Ben, will be held at the same venue on Oct. 6.