Sonoi

Sonoi

A Tundra, Bevel, Blues Oblique

Thu, October 13, 2011

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

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Sonoi
Sonoi
At times floating out of the ether with the familiarity of forgotten Sunday mornings-while at others pounding out textured, thumping pop-the sound of Sonoi might be difficult to describe, but that’s precisely what makes it so appealing.

Adam Busch (Guitars and Vocals) and Ryan Hembrey (Bass guitar and Keyboards) are both veterans of the Chicago rock scene. Busch is best known for his group Manishevitz and their reformulation of English art-pop on such albums as City Life (2003) and East to East (2007). Hembrey, whose tenure in Manishevitz began in 2000, has also recorded and played with Edith Frost, Andrew Bird, and Smog. Relative newcomer Pierce Doerr, whose compositions have been featured on This American Life, rounds out the trio on drums.

While the echoes of these past projects shine through in much of their work, what’s most exciting is the depth of the sonic palette. This depth is evident in a song like “Sherry Fall.” It starts off a straight-ahead pop song, punctuated by Busch’s evocative phrasing, but in minutes transforms into a near motorik groove. Like many Sonoi songs, it makes one believe in pop music again. Even more adventurous is “Framed.” Drifting into view with hovering guitar, lazy horns, and scattered snare drum, the song eventually meets up some sparse lyrical imagery before flute and horns quietly come to the fore, beautifully sketching the edges of a day lost to time. Wandering in the textures of sound and non-redundant repetition, new discoveries in these songs are constantly made. One can hear traces of some of Cluster’s more pastoral work (especially Sowiesoso).

Recently Sonoi was featured on an episode of Shaking Through, an online series of music and video sponsored by Weathervane and WXPN Philadelphia that showcases the work of great independent musicians. The session was curated and produced by Daniel Smith (Danielson, Sufjan Stevens) in a two day period. Check it out on the interweb here: http://www.weathervanemusic.org.
A Tundra
A Tundra
A Tundra always appears to be moving towards a state of entropy. That entropy sometimes embodies itself in the form of the physical; an ever-revolving door of lineup changes within the band. Often it manifests itself in the sonic realm with live arrangements played just on the brink of falling into disarray; noisey bursts of cathardic energy are always bubbling below the surface waiting to erupt . But even with this tendency towards disorganization and chaos, there has always been a core energy and drive with A Tundra to embrace this change and move forward.

A Tundra was born from the ashes of the mid 00's Chicago band The Candyland Riots. When TCR alums Shelly Steffens, Donny Mahlmeister (Early Day MIners) and Tim O'Donnell met Theo Katsaounis (Joan of Arc) and discovered their mutual love for Captain Beefheart and This Heat, the recipe was complete. A move to California in 2008 by Tim had left the band working as a three piece or with various bass players, but early this year they trumped the string bass player curse by adding synth bass player Jacob Kart (Crush Kill Destroy).
Bevel
Bevel
BEVEL is the solo project of Via Nuon, a Chicago-based artist who employs a uniquely literary and painterly approach to the music he creates. Originally hailing from Richmond, VA, an oft-time contributor to artists such as Edith Frost and Simon Joyner, and a member of the groups Drunk and Manishevitz, Nuon executes his dreamlike psych-folk with the care and fragility of a cartographer. It informs the beauty in BEVEL's music, which bleeds out like details emerging from a map of a forgotten city.
Blues Oblique
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com