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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tonight in Music: Norfolk and Western, Jon Hopkins/Clark

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM


NORFOLK AND WESTERN, 1939 ENSEMBLE, DARREN HANLON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It's been four years since Portland band Norfolk and Western dusted off their amber-hued, folk-flecked nuggets, but on Thanksgiving Eve, the band's getting back together! Boasting an expanded lineup—including drummer Rachel Blumberg, who's visiting from Rhode Island, along with Adam Selzer, Dave Depper, Peter Broderick, Cory Gray, and Amanda Lawrence—this'll be a reunion to remember. NED LANNAMANN


JON HOPKINS, CLARK, NATHAN FAKE
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) In a year that has been filled with amazing electronic music releases, saying that Jon Hopkins' fifth full-length Immunity stands head and shoulders above the rest is the highest compliment I can give. Nominated for this year's Mercury Prize in the UK, the album is a full hour of techno mastery, cut through with humanizing warmth thanks to Hopkins' reliance on ballooning, dusk-colored synth tones and the use of fine vocal turns from Scottish folk singer King Creosote and young jazz artist Emma Smith. Hopkins is joined by another of 2013's electronic delights, fellow UK electronic producer Clark, whose recent LP Feast/Beast is a wonder of supple basslines, clatter-happy beats, and experimental leanings. ROBERT HAM

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