PopGun presents Beacon

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PopGun presents Beacon

Lord Raja, Tallesen

Sat, February 14, 2015

8:00 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY

$12.00

This event is 18 and over

PopGun presents Beacon
PopGun presents Beacon
Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon, introduced themselves to the world with the No Body and For Now EPs, both released last year on Ghostly International. The EPs were united by minimalist, R&B-influenced instrumentation, and also by a lyrical theme, with both serving as meditations on the darkness that underpins the most intense of human emotions: love.

The duo's debut album The Ways We Separate both consolidates and develops these ideas. The album focuses, as the title suggests, on the idea of separation — both within the context of relationships and in a more intimate, psychological sense. As Mullarney explains, "The narrative contained inside The Ways We Separate deals with two kinds of separation: one where two entities grow apart, and the other where we grow apart from ourselves. Over the course of a relationship, the two sometimes happen together, one being the result of the other."
Lord Raja
Lord Raja
Chester Raj Anand has always been a precocious creative soul. At the age of six, he discovered music production when his older brother showed him software like ACID and Fruity Loops. That knowledge coalesced with a background in piano, keyboards, and jazz percussion—as well as a fascination with "really raw, scary Aphex Twin" and the "lavish creative energy of the '90s"—setting Anand on his path to becoming the producer we know as Lord RAJA.

His debut album, A Constant Moth, is that cosmic destination, and has been carved out and personalized with a strong sense of texture, rhythm, and spaciousness. Productions like "Skyre" and "Pistol Refix" put forth heavily smashing beats as the foundation of Lord RAJA's palace, while opulent dancefloor heaters "Throw Them Out (System)" and "De Lia Lu Lu" build glittering pillars from juke experiments and low-res electroisms, respectively. Warp affiliate Jeremiah Jae graces the atonal thump of "Van Go" with his sharp stanzas, and beatless synth composition "Gottfried Semper" billows in the astral landscape's warm breeze. As far as we can discern, A Constant Moth is the most eclectic and fully realized depiction of Lord RAJA's far-off galaxy to date.
Tallesen
Tallesen
Stills Lit Through offers the first comprehensive body of work from musician and visual artist Tallesen.

Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Tallesen - born Cayman Johnson - describes Stills as a response to the "continuous flexibility of the physical setting by the additive of sound." A reference to his joyful erasure of the distinction between music and experience.

The twelve songs of Stills Lit Through conjure an eidolon of melodies painted with watercolor brushstrokes both calm ("Glenticast") and frenetic ("Emmel"). To our ears, this closely characterizes Johnson's work as a visual artist.

The collection when taken as a whole is wonderfully consistent. We hear echoes of Autechre's corporeal maneuvers (bass as lead voice, plasticity of foreground vs. background), but, if you dig out the provenance of Johnson's nom de plum, you really start to understand how the melodic through-lines of the record operate on a more illustrative level.

What appears to you as a macro-level core 'feeling' about the record is illusively varied, consisting of insanely lush song nodes that subtly and endlessly rotate and shift. It is a music that is both ultra beautiful ("Strike Silver, Love Green") and invested in a core belief dealing with the materiality of musical sound itself ("Plasticized Fsa"). It's not the house in which melodies are stored, it's the crypt of inspiration from which melodies emerge from.

Rhythmically, Stills encourages ephemera towards the creation of a seductively creaky, silvery universe with an unreliable sense of gravity. The result is hallucinatory in that the album comprehensively experiences like volumes among volumes of things change, but in half-speed. "The music is saturated with information for it to remain flexible to its surroundings," describes Cayman, an ode to feeling "ambiance with a modern degree of attention."

Thus we enter the world of Stills Lit Through, a comprehensive portrait of young Cayman Johnson's enigmatic, sensual world-building music.
Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://babysallright.com/