Mimicking Birds

Mimicking Birds

Michelles, The Astronomer

Sat, August 9, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

Mimicking Birds
Mimicking Birds
Singer/songwriter Nate Lacy spent the years since his teens exploring his inner world and his connection with the universe at large. The result of his efforts was a small collection of songs that, when finally recorded and released as Mimicking Birds in 2010, received such accolades as Pitchfork's assessment that the debut LP was "extremely gifted with cyclical melodies: thorny fingerpicked spines around which he can snake a range of sounds simply for ambience."

These days, Lacy is focusing his gaze further outward, exploring what he calls "the infinite and the infinitesimal," while also keeping lyrical watch on the crossroads where our digital future and our pastoral past bump up against each other.

Few are the artists who are able to bring such thorny and thoughtful issues to bear in their music, but that is just one of the many reasons that Eons, the new album from Mimicking Birds, is so very special.

How this comes out through Lacy is in toothsome lyrics that are filled to bursting with imagery, philosophical questions, and deep personal concerns. That he finds ways to tie these concepts together without losing his way or our fascination with them is a testament to his songwriting prowess.

The rest of the band, Aaron Hanson and Adam Trachsel, works to remain connected to the Birds' of yore, emphasizing fingerpicked acoustic guitars, the sturdy tones of a stand-up bass, and restrained drums, while pushing into the future as well.

Too, Eons feels as expansive as its title thanks to the help of producer Jeremy Sherrer (The Gossip, 1776). He helped weave some gorgeous electronic textures into the songs – listen for the skittering programmed beat that helps carry "Owl Hoots" forward, or the swells of keyboards that pull closing track "Movin' On" towards an '80s pop sunrise.

It's quite a lot for one album or one band to carry on its shoulders, but Mimicking Birds and Eons prove capable of bearing the weight of this expansive view of the physical world and the world that we can only reach through an amazing piece of music. Eons has 10 such tracks that will transport, delight, and surprise you, even through multiple listens.

Eons is out May 13th, 2014 on Glacial Pace.
Michelles
Michelles
Michelles is headed up by multi-instrumentalist Michael Dalaigh, who spent a long time in a small room crafting a pile of songs, and then realized halfway through recording that his drumming was pretty poor, and thus gave Ryan Farnham (Catfish Haven) a call.

The two decamped to Minbal studios to finish things up with the help of owner/engineer Benjamin Balcom, putting far too many mics on a very small number of drums, and mixing and editing until some semblance of order was approximated. As a wise man once said, records aren’t finished; they’re abandoned.

“While the sounds are steeped in the songwriting and sonic traditions of the recent past, Michelles are decidedly not retro-fetishists, and have no interest in a neo-anything genrefication.”
The Astronomer
The Astronomer
The Astronomer's recently completed 2nd disc, "You Could Be Something When You Disappear", evokes the song construction and lyricism of The Band and mid-period Kinks, while sonically akin to releases by Brian Eno and Brian Wilson. The Astronomer's self-titled debut (available through Carrot Top Records' distributor, CTD Ltd) is a collection of hopeful and naive tales wrapped in rustic orchestrations of pedal steel, vibraphone, upright bass, creaking electronics and floating voice.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com