Office Mix: Pitchfork Fest - Past & Present
Pitchfork Music Fest is back for another round starting tomorrow. Get yourself ready with this mix featuring artist’s not only performing at the festival, but have (or will) played at Schubas or Lincoln Hall.
Steve Gunn: “Milly’s Garden”
The title of Steve Gunn's upcoming full-length, due in October, is Way Out Weather, and on the first available song, “Milly’s Garden,” the double-tracked melodic lead guitars billow in like warm sheets of rain. The album has a hint of ecological unease lurking behind it, as Gunn wrote it on tour with an eye to the passing landscape and the worrying changes roiling it. His voice has a little more pain and gravel here than it did on 2013’s rocking-porch gem Time Off, but he still sings with a calming and gentle soulfulness, a hand smoothing a bedsheet.
The full band he’s assembled opens into shimmering interludes that openly and warmly pay tribute to the Grateful Dead and the Band. The extended instrumentals feel less like “jams” than explorations—a fine and niggling distinction that nonetheless points to what is so often missing in extended instrumental interludes. You can sense, as a listener, that every single player has the same overall shape in their mind, and you can feel them all pushing towards it. This is masterful, textured and gorgeous. And as easy as it is to listen to, it conceals a grain of unease: “Your faith is savaged, and your mind is damaged/You’re more than halfway there.” Halfway to where, exactly, is unclear, but the uncertainty is evocative and troubling.
Mandolin Orange performing “Little Worlds”
See them live at Schubas on September 7th. Tickets on sale now.
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OOIOO’s ‘Gamel’ Reviewed
OOIOO (pronounced “oh-oh-eye-oh-oh”) is an extraordinary band led by the drummer, singer and guitarist Yoshimio, who has gone by Yoshimi and Yoshimi P-We. Since the ’90s, she has also played drums with the Japanese band the Boredoms, whose cathartic concerts and large-scale concepts — including gatherings of 77 and 88 drummers for outdoor shows in New York on July 7, 2007, and Aug. 8, 2008 — have eclipsed Yoshimio’s own work a bit. That shouldn’t be so.
Over 17 years, OOIOO has tended to shift its goals categorically for each record: “Armonico Hewa” (2009) is more rocking, “Kila Kila Kila” (2003) more groovy, “Gold and Green” (2000, and my favorite) more lovely, immersive and strange. Well, they’re all strange; they may sound informed by West African music, no wave and Asian folk traditions, until they don’t at all. But at the same time, they’re very basic; they get back to how music is made in the first place.
The motivating sound behind “Gamel,” the group’s new record, is gamelan, the Balinese and Javanese tradition involving metallophones struck with mallets. This is a sort of music Yoshimio seems perfectly suited to; it’s all about order, cycles and trance-inducing repetition. She composes in sections, with cyclical chants and overlaid rhythms: simple, powerful and disciplined ideas.
But the band’s tracks build their bones through ritual real-time repetition. OOIOO performs in a circle, and sometimes you get the idea that Yoshimio is creating a kind of idealized nonprofessional orchestra, a people’s band, working with musical elements adapted from nature or passed down through old cultural practices or half-imagined in dreams.
She’s added two gamelan players to her band, Tomoyuki Hamamoto and Koheysai Kawamura; they’ll be included in the band’s rare tour of the United States, which will stop at Rough Trade Brooklyn on July 18 and Le Poisson Rouge on July 20. Though they may not be playing in the traditional style, they’ve been completely subsumed into the group.
Despite this music’s predetermined composition, these pieces become structurally volatile: The roles of different players and sections might become inverted several times over in a single song, with the gamelan players moving to rhythmic from melodic roles, and with Yoshimio moving to gestural phrases and whoops from chants. It’s rugged, inspired, original music. BEN RATLIFF (NY TIMES)
See them at Lincoln Hall on 7/15 - Tickets
Source: The New York Times
Wild Beasts - “Mecca”
See them live July 18th at Lincoln Hall. Tickets available now.
Hundred Waters - “Out Alee”
See them live at Lincoln Hall 7/20 - INFO