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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tonight in Music: The Field, Anamanaguchi, & Still Corners

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:05 PM


(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) In case you didn't hear, Looping State of Mind, the latest album from Swedish ambient techno artist the Field, is seriously good. The subtlety of the Field's earlier songs is still there but invigorated by unexpected genre crossovers. I predict a dance floor catharsis. WILL ELDER


(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) When I heard Anamanaguchi's first LP, Dawn Metropolis (2009), I was certain they were a flash-in-the-pan gimmick, destined to collapse at the first sign of a dusty Nintendo or their own boredom. Two years and one Scott Pilgrim videogame soundtrack later, Anamanaguchi and their NES are still infusing poppy guitar, bass, and drum songs with mid-'80s nostalgia. These guys play against a backdrop of neuron-collapsing animation and one song blends into the next—but the songs are darn infectious. Certain people may even feel compelled to jump up and down. They share the bill with Starscream, a darker, possibly nerdier computer band with whom they have collaborated on a split 7-inch. Starscream sounds infinitely more grownup, just by sometimes using minor chords and having songs with varying tempos. They rock, and can be enjoyed by those who would rather not jump in public. REBECCA WILSON


(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) When Sub Pop finds a band that achieves a modicum of success, it tends to sign another couple in that vein to try to replicate that formula. So it goes with Still Corners, as evidenced on their Sub Pop debut, Creatures of an Hour. You can hear clear echoes of Beach House in Tessa Murray's diaphanous vocals and Greg Hughes' murmuring organ flourishes and hushed atmospheres. You will also notice unmistakable evocations of Broadcast's more melancholically splendorous moments. That Still Corners grip me harder than Beach House speaks to the former's more robust rhythmic thrust, closer resemblance to the aforementioned Broadcast, and overall darker melodic spectrum. DAVE SEGAL

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