Stage Hands: s/t (My Idea Of Fun, 2015)

February 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Stage Hands: s/t

Stage Hands: s/t

Stage Hands is the newest project of Brandon Locher of The Meets, and this duo (including drummer Gerald Mattis) seems much more focused than the group improvisations of The Meets. Locher has collaborated with Ghostly International for visual work, and this definitely brings to mind Ghostly acts such as Midwest Product and Shigeto which combine live and electronic drums, synths, and other instruments to create something rhythmic and danceable but still clearly composed and played by humans. The first 4 songs on this short album have standard song lengths and are fluid, melodic and spontaneous yet controlled. They also seem to progressively increase in tempo, with “Adaptive Lines” and “Regardless” being more dancey. “#unabomber” has more of a smoothed out tempo, stretches out past 8 minutes and features vocals reminiscent of Baths. The album’s final, untitled track is barely a minute long, but is a very intriguing taste of what’s hopefully yet to come from this project.

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