Sunjacket – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – August 6th, 2017


Kickstand Productions Presents!


Sedgewick, Animal Holograms, Our Cadence

Sun, August 6, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


This event is 17 and over

Hear: a steady upright bass singing low—over the sounds of kids laughing and playing; soft, intricate vocal harmonies that melt together like cream; the hum of strings like a soft swarm of bees; a gratifying rhythmic shift. Take these elements (among others), add lyrics that feel almost-familiar, not because you've heard them but because you've felt them before, and you have Chicago-based group Sedgewick.

The multi-dimensional songs of Sedgewick's debut EP "Gardens" offer gentle arcs and motion (both moving forward and pulling back, in semblance to the tide) and call forth history, a bittersweet nostalgia (as if there is any other kind of nostalgia). Members sing of nostalgia that it is an act of "grasping at vines." At times, the listener is situated in a park-like public space, or perhaps by a river. At other times, more organic sounds are infiltrated by the buzz of something mechanical like a heart monitor in a hospital, or the glitch of a subtle malfunction of one of the many devices on which most of our daily lives rely.

These tunes echo a circular trajectory, evoking present, past and future. This uncanny comfort doesn't occur just because the artists who comprise Sedgewick have been making music together for many years now or because this music sounds like the craft of old friends—but because the many layers of each song guide listeners through an experience of time on a loop. And because this experience of time is, in fact, a reflection of life, there is joy and relief to be found in these songs, a kind of sonic sympathy.

It's as though the young, talented musicians, artists who come from the west, east, and very center of this diverse country, are making some kind of map key together. Their directory speaks of the novice of walking, paving a new path beside an old road that is sometimes buckling, sometimes regrettably sturdy.
Animal Holograms
Animal Holograms
Animal Holograms are a Chicago based dream pop band with post-industrial and shoegaze influences.

Somewhere between the vocal stylings of Marc Bolan and Elliott Smith, Jason Williams’ voice is a hypnotic and understated element of Animal Holograms, a Chicago-based trio with a dreamily loose sound that blends shoegaze and dream-pop. What started as a solo project of Williams’ evolved into a trio consisting of Nick Biscardi and Jesse Askren. Now, Animal Holograms have their debut full-length - í sólina – slated for a May release. Judging by already-released tracks like ”lengi nætur”, listeners could be in for something special.

Starting with a progression that resembles both spacious post-rock and spaghetti-western nonchalance, ”lengi nætur” immediately shows Animal Holograms’ knack for atmosphere. Williams’ ghostly croon creeps in over the passive percussion and murmuring guitars, while an organ emerges as a bridge to a successfully clanky hook that is capped off by an elongated guitar solo. Much of the lyrics throughout the track are obscured somewhat by the gently involved production, which surely takes a cue from shoegaze. The actual instrumentation is more in the vein of post-punk and alternative, with a touch of glam-rock’s moodier bits. ”lengi nætur” is a great entry for listeners, as are tracks like ”halló dökk mín
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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